Snellville mayor, council unite in opposing tax measure

SNELLVILLE - Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer on Monday night read a resolution against House Resolution 900, the "Great Plan" tax reform measure sponsored by House Speaker Glenn Richardson of Hiram.

Oberholtzer and all Snellville City Council members signed the resolution at Monday night's council meeting.

The resolution states that Richardson's tax reform plan is "totally lacking in merit" and is "poor public policy for Snellville and for Georgia."

According to Councilwoman Barbara Bender, who is also a certified public accountant, "This bill, while it sounds wonderful, is full of pitfalls. ... The results can be disastrous."

Bender said the resolution will require that businesses providing goods and services not currently taxed begin collecting a 4 percent sales tax.

"This means that you would have to start paying sales tax for day care, haircuts, medical bills, any service you can imagine," Bender said.

Councilman Robert Jenkins said the state cannot currently monitor its finances, referencing the recent discovery of credit card abuse by state employees.

Other council members echoed Bender's remarks and encouraged voters to educate themselves regarding HR 900, then call their state representatives and senators to voice their opinions.