This would be fraud if a business did it.
Much of Georgia taxes on new tires or trash dumping are supposed to be dedicated to collecting tires, handling hazardous waste, and the like. Unfortunately, about 40% of such tax collections get diverted to the Georgia General Fund, and from there to who knows where, while tires and trash collect in our rivers. That’s over $200 million dollars of your tax money misused to date.
This year we can get this passed, even though original sponsor Jay Powell is deceased. HR 164: dedication of revenues derived from fees or taxes to the public purpose for which such fees or taxes were imposed; authorize. This resolution would authorize a constitutional amendment referendum to give the General Assembly the authority to dedicate fees while providing flexibility to the budget in the event of a downturn or recession.
To send email to your Georgia State Senator and the Lt. Governor of Georgia asking them to support HR 164, here’s a convenient form.
If you’d rather do it yourself, here is a list of Georgia state Senators in the Suwannee River Basin, with links to their contact information.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®
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