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So, want tax-free car tags?

January 9, 2007

Atlanta - A Republican Georgia lawmaker wants to do away with those high car tag taxes you pay.

State Representative Mark Burkhalter of Alpharetta plans to introduce legislation this month that would substantially cut or eliminate the state's auto tag tax, you pay every year on your birthday. The proposal could save tax payers up to $250 million annually.

Democrats aren't too big on the idea, though. State representative Winfred Dukes of Albany says eliminating the tag tax without making that money up elsewhere might harm local governments and schools.  

Dukes said, "Those are some of the revenues that are funding the local municipalities, the school board, the board of education and the city of course there's going to be substantial push backs with some of those issues."  

Burkhalter's proposal would exempt motorists from paying taxes on either $15,000, $20,000, or $25,000 of the car's value.

Motorists would continue to pay the car tax to their local government, but could get a rebate from the state.

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