To the editor: Study other states' tax reform before pushing it on us

In an obvious attempt to bolster their future campaigns for governor, House Speaker Glenn Richardson and Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle have sponsored, or are supporting, property tax reform legislation - HR 900 for Richardson and SR 796 for Cagle.

Property tax reform is a hot issue in Georgia, and some reforms may be necessary. However, a rush to pass legislation for the sole purpose of garnering votes is not responsible representation.

Approximately 20 states have enacted some type of property-tax-limiting legislation, and in many cases this legislation has had substantial unintended negative effects.

Our elected representatives should study the triumphs and mistakes of these other states and then carefully draft legislation that will accomplish its intended purpose rather than racing for bragging rights enacting a solution that is worse than the problem.

- Paul Miller