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Let's see; currently Hall County-Gainesville is a 7 percent sales tax entity. Coming soon will be a new SPLOST of 1 percent for transportation, and Gainesville is planning a new SPLOST of 1 percent for a new elementary school. So, by 2012, Hall County-Gainesville could be a 9 percent entity.
Why in the world would I want to spend money there when I live in a 7 percent county? Two percent of $20,000 worth of disposable income is $400. That's a substantial tax increase on those living paycheck-to-paycheck, especially when the state has discontinued the property tax rebate.
Where are the tea partiers?
Bruce W. Hallowell