â€œGeorgia Legislative Watchâ€ has graciously published our extensive commentary on the problems with HR-1, HB-233 and assessment caps in general. If you are interested the Georgia legislative process, check out this site.
The cure for â€œback door tax increasesâ€ is simpleâ€“ require cities, counties and school boards to DO THE MATH. Doing so would remove a variableâ€“ the millage rateâ€“ from the control of local officials. No longer could they hide increases in the cost of government by maintaining an already inflated millage rate from year to year. No longer could they benefit from the windfall generated by rising assessments even when they donâ€™t â€œraise taxes.â€