Monday, March 11, 2013

Time runs out for tax and fee bill in 2013

Legislators were unable to work out their differences in time for HB 159 to receive a House vote and consideration in the Senate for 2013.  

The Georgia Municipal Association, which opposed the bill, said the legislation would "have stifled the ability of city governments to work on behalf of their citizens," but pledged to continue working with Rep. Harrell, the bill's author.

GMA also noted that "a bi-partisan group of House members expressed concerns that this bill would reduce the efficiency many cities and counties use in billing for ad valorem and property-related fees and assessments."

Technically, the bill is still "alive" and could be reintroduced for a floor vote in 2014 without having to go through committee mark-up.

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