Shame on you, Greene County.   Instead of deregulating, cutting taxes, or taking other steps to improve your business climate, you’re once again looking to squeeze some more money out of your worn-out taxpayers.

Check out this bill from Senator Don Davis (D).   It allows county leaders to slap an additional FIVE DOLLARS onto every vehicle property tax bill in the county for the purposes of “economic development.”


There’s no definition included as to what “economic development” might be.  It could be $19,000 in new suits for the local legislator.  It could mean a skybox at BankofAmerica Stadium.  The possibilties — for the crooked pols — are endless.  

This is a GOP-dominated chamber, so I am not expecting this to pass.  I thought the GOP was against the crony capitalism style of economic development.  You don’t BUY new jobs.  You don’t BUY legitimate long-term economic growth.  

If you let this see the light of day, it opens a real Pandora’s box.  Every city and county official will be burning up the phone lines demanding their legislator get them five dollars for this and this and this and this and this and (you get the idea). 

Governing is not about bleeding your voters dry. Stop this dead in its tracks. 

4 thoughts on “#ncga: GIMME FIVE DOLLARS!

  1. Unfortunately over the last couple years the GOP dominated legislature has raised the vehicle tax cap in cities from $10 to $30 and they also raised the State Registration Fee from $28 to $36. I would be okay with these changes if the gas tax was lower and/or the income tax rate was zero.

  2. Our personal property taxes are so high in my county we registered our vehicles down at the coast. Much cheaper .16 on the hundred.

    My wife is a teacher and we have a beach house alone with many state employees but we still need a raise.

  3. Another thinly veiled attempt to resupply the DNC coffers after the trouncing they took in November. Seems they have less supporters now and that has cut into their revenue stream.

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