Tuesday, May 02, 2006

House plan tabled, now local option

The house plan that removed school operating expenses from homes, but did nothing for commercial, was tabled today. The only reform that has a chance to pass is the Local Option. Grooms is working on another plan, however, so we'll see if he gains support. Maybe the Groom Broom will become the Groom Swifer!

This plan will allow County Councils to give the voters of each county the choice of a sales tax increase to offset property taxes on homes. Currently, the plan only involves school operating expenses and does not include commercial property.There is one good aspect of the local option: Anderson County can fund school operation with a .9¢ sales tax. There are additional amendments that will be considered, to tweak this plan. Ever heard of the legislation process compared to the making of sausage? Stay tuned!