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State looks at cutting taxes
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Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson enjoys the company of Effingham County’s Vickie Lee, Verna Phillips and Janis Bevill during the Effingham Day at the Capitol reception Monday at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

It isn’t just the GREAT plan — Speaker of the House Glenn Richardson’s move to do away with state property taxes — that is making waves under the Gold Dome.

In his State of the State address Wednesday, Gov. Sonny Perdue announced plans to eliminate the state’s cut of local property tax bills, the .25 mill, which would mean about $30 a year back to the average taxpayer. State Sen. Eric Johnson (R-Savannah), the president pro tem of the Senate, is pushing forth a measure to implement a Stephens-Day bill statewide that would cap property taxes.

Richardson (R-Hiram) also has put forth eliminating the education tax through homestead exemptions, and state lawmakers would match the loss to local school systems through taxes on lottery tickets, groceries and services.

“All of those would supplant the property tax for education,” state Rep. Buddy Carter said.

State Sen. Jack Hill said he has no preconceived notions about the GREAT plan but has heard from his constituents about the rising property evaluations.

“Some seniors are having paying their school taxes,” he said.