May 9, 2007
ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia property owners won't be getting that tax refund after all.
Governor Perdue withdrew his veto of the state's mid-year budget yesterday. But he used his line-item power to reject a $142 million property tax refund championed by House Republicans.
The unusual "un-veto" of the $700 million supplemental budget means there will not be a special legislative session to iron out the dispute -- at an expected cost of $45,000 a day.
It is likely to also mean the furlough of prosecutors and adult literacy teachers.
Perdue said sagging tax collections point to a slowing economy, making the one-time tax cut imprudent. He lambasted the Republican-led House for refusing to budge and said he became convinced in recent days that returning lawmakers to Atlanta would be unproductive.
Perdue's chief antagonist, House Speaker Glenn Richardson, continued to sound off. He said the House "Will not compromise when it comes to defending the taxpayers of Georgia."