December 27, 2013
A Reminder on SPLOST Taxes.
I just want to remind everyone in Troup County of the 2 percent SPLOST taxes you pay when you go to the grocery store to buy food to put on your table for your family.
The SPLOST taxes were voted on and won by a very narrow margin of only about 1 percent. The state of Georgia exempts the 4 percent state taxes from food, but Troup County does not exempt food from the 2 percent SPLOST taxes.
I asked this question of our local officials that were very much in support of these taxes as to why food was not exempted. The answer was that it was just too difficult to have food exempted.
Well, I don’t know how you feel, but I say if food cannot be exempted, then the SPLOST taxes should be voted down. So when you go to the grocery store to buy food to put on the table for your family remember it is the SPLOST taxes you are paying.
I hope you think of this next time you vote on the SPLOST taxes, which are suppose to expire but never seem to. They just keep getting voted back in again and again, but the margin of victory is getting much smaller.
Maybe next time the outcome will be different. Maybe the taxpayers of Troup County are getting tired of being taxed so much from the local, state and federal levels.