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November 9, 2007

Albany -- South Georgia leaders are expressing doubts about State House Speaker Glenn Richardson's plan to do away with property taxes and replace them with more state sales tax.

Camilla Mayor Jay Powell is President of the Georgia Municipal Association. He worries if ad valorem taxes on Georgia homes are no longer the bedrock of the tax system, a recession could sink the state into debt.

 Powell says tax reform is needed, but he wants more study. Powell said "before a decision as important as this is made, the people need to have all the information, and all the facts. And that it be a deliberative decision, rather than something that is made because it just sounds good or is the subject of a sound bite on TV."

Last month House Speaker Glenn Richardson spoke to this same Albany Rotary Club promoting his Plan.

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