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Board of Education speaks out about senior tax exemption

“Opportunity School District” also denounced by board

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     For at least the second time in the last year a representative of Pickens Seniors for Change - an advocacy group for senior property tax exemption - petitioned the school board to help seniors from being “taxed into poverty.” 
    “We don’t get raises in Social Security,” Lee Williamson told the board at their Thursday, Oct. 21 meeting. “We were promised in December a panel would be formed to discuss this and so far I’ve heard nothing.”

See full story in this week's print or online editions, including comments from the board about their opposition to the "Opportunity School District" referendum.

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Mr. Realist
-5 #1 Mr. Realist 2016-10-19 11:37
Pickens County is poor. It cannot afford to provide ANYONE a tax break. Quite frankly the lack of good economic development, vision, strategic investment and professional leadership is causing this community to go under. Some serious moves to bring the county to par to Gordon, Fannin, Lumpkin and Dawson County immediately. Maybe some of these retirees can provide advice and counsel to our leaders in getting businesses in place. What we have now is NOT working.
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kitty
-9 #2 kitty 2016-10-19 14:52
It's not poor, evidently we can afford all kinds of high salaries for the school administrators/ teachers and positions they make up as they go along. Not to mention paying the superintendents home lease. So, for the small amount of retired folks who would sign up for the exemption, we can afford it. Supposedly, we are a tier 4 county, a rich county. Ask Rick Jasperse about it. :)
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SaadSaak
-7 #3 SaadSaak 2016-10-19 17:20
I suggest we need a county commission chairman who KNOWS,or rapidly finds out, who and what a "Governing Authority" is before a recall effort gets started.

Might also need a new representative who started out good but seems to have started singing the well known old familiar "Go Along to Get Along' blues
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WKRP
-4 #4 WKRP 2016-10-21 13:23
Realist is correct and on the right track.

If you want to see how wealthy a county truly is look and see how many children in the local school system are on free or reduced lunch. I can't find our numbers but I believe it's well over 50% and probably close to 70%.
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pinto colvig
+7 #5 pinto colvig 2016-10-21 19:35
Well I don't want to pay for the selfish geezers' medicare and roadways and senior center and EMS calls and more resources they drain from my pocket. But that's tough luck ain't it
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SaadSaak
-5 #6 SaadSaak 2016-10-25 16:24
[quote name="WKRP"

If you want to see how wealthy a county truly is look and see how many children in the local school system are on free or reduced lunch. I can't find our numbers but I believe it's well over 50% and probably close to 70%.

Your numbers are low - how about 90 to 95% - just ask some of the cafeteria workers. (outside of school so you get the real answer).

The school lunch program is like a lot of other 'lets help' programs, once started everyone wants, and gets, on the band wagon.whether they really need it or not.
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