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PA(;E 2A HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011 House Bill 385 is up for consideration in the Georgia General Assembly. This proposed legislation is being described as an "over- haul or modernization" of Georgia's antiquated tax sys- telll. Call it what you will, this bill still amounts to new tax increases. Among this humongous document of added levies on goods, products and services is one proposal that thousands Le A Rose Is Still a Rose, and So Is a Tax Increase are finding it hard to believe, a tax on Girl Scout Cookie Sales. Not only does House Bill 385 increase personal tax lia- national founder,-- Juliette tomers, they will also be bilities, but right here in GordonLow, when young girls tasked with charging and Georgia, the home state of the sell the famous Dosidos or keeping up with sales tax on Girl Scouts of America's Chocolate Mints to loyal cus- each box sold. This and other tax increases are from the majority party in the state house who promotes itself as a no-tax governing group. THE GIRL Scout Cookie Tax and hundreds of others were proposed by the 2010 Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians. This group was created by legislation and signed into law June 1, 2010 by former governor Sonny Perdue. Pursuant to OCGA 28- 12-2 (HB1405) this council was established to "conduct a thorough study of the state's current revenue structure and make a report of its find- ings and recommendations for legislation to the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor no later than Jan. 10, 2011." Thus HB 385 was born. Individual tax- payers, organizations and small businesses were warned to keep a close eye on the actions and suggestions in its developmental stage. The tax recommendations and amendments put forth by this group, if adopted, would mean increases and in some instances new taxes for goods and services touching nearly every aspect of our everyday lives. Some other examples of these never before taxed items include barber and beauty shop visits, i.e. hair- cuts, perms, shampoos, styles and coloring. Services around your home are also among this taxation proposal, not exclud- ing gardening and lawns maintenance. Too, automotive maintenance, repair and serv- ices, auto memberships and roadside service will be taxed. Additionally, recreational and lifestyle memberships such as golf courses, country clubs, health clubs, swimming pools, fitness and weight loss centers; as well as, social organizations are part of this "tax code modernization" proposition. A complete copy of this proposed legislation listing other products, serv- ices and goods that may be taxed can be found online at ( 1_12/sum/hb38S.htm). MOST RECENTLY, the last president to hold office who was also a member of the majority ruling party in the Georgia General Assembly is quoted as saying "Keeping taxes low and restraining spending leads to a vibrant economy; it leads to new jobs; it leads to better opportuni- ties; and it leads to a shrink- ing deficit." If we are to hold this state- ment as true, then what will these hundreds of new taxes do to Georgia's already strug- gling economy? The Girl Scouts have a stellar reputation in molding young girls into great women. Let's hope that clearer minds will prevail and a thorough, critical review and consider- ation is especially given to this organization and others, ap the financial impact of this tax will hurt its service goals. Too, many of the other categories recommended for taxation will force small business own- ers to cut in other areas such as human resources to make up for lost customers who will opt to do it themselves or self- serve rather than come up with the additional costs cre- ated by these taxes. i "nd r's" tilr W!NERY}. 1 00i'lur00; Dreamrooms , :i!: 7227R0oseveltH J |ill/ Wilm Sprins, GA !. i:/roors ras,,oi S00e,i MON fill IO-8o SATUI00I)A 10-7 $00I.INDAY 1-400 , Noont/6 .i |?:: ThursdavthrulSunday/