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Perdue pushes tax cuts for home and car owners
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ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Sonny Perdue said Wednesday he wants to provide tax relief for Georgians and proposed eliminating the state ad valorem tax that residents pay on their homes and automobiles.

The $94 million tax cut would begin in 2009 and must be approved by voters at the ballot box as a constitutional amendment. First it must receive a two-thirds vote in both chambers of the state Legislature.

The property tax portion of the plan is expected to mean an average savings of about $30 per household.

"I believe in fiscal responsibility, and I believe in tax relief for the people of Georgia," Perdue told a joint session of the state House of Representatives and the Senate on Wednesday as part of his annual State of the State address.

The Republican governor said he will also continue to push for his $142 million tax cut for upper income retirees.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press

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