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By Dot Moss
February 8, 2008

Scrutinize your tax bills: In the right upper corner of your tax bill you will see a code. There are two whole pages of codes in the assessor's office. I find it coincidental that for four years I have been pleading for someone out there to prove that the premium insurance tax that our county receives each year, goes for our garbage and waste to be collected for free, yet we have been charged for it and no one has done anything about it. Well, now we've received this letter from the assessor's office stating that if you qualify as S-4 exempt, you don't have to pay it anymore. DUH! No one should. Our tax money built all of the convenience centers, so we shouldn't have to pay to use them. Some counties actually pick up trash and garbage at curbside at no charge, because they are using the insurance tax to accommodate their constituents. Application for this "exemption" must be applied for before March 1, as should the exemption for the KDW exemption. Folks, if you are 65 and older and make less that $52,440 a year with all combined incomes, you should be getting 4 exemptions. I've said it once and I'll keep repeating it, if Rincon, Springfield and Garden City can do away with property taxes, so can we. We have industry here and this county draws a lot of tax money from them. I just feel sorry for all of those people who have lost their property because of glut.

More appeal meetings:  To appeal your property taxes, you must notify Melba Smiley at 876-3196 at the Board of Equalization and schedule an appointment on one of these dates:  Feb. 11, 12, 19, 25 and 26.

Reminder: If you haven't already sent in your check for the Wild Game Supper at the Bamboo Farms, you have until Feb. 25. Reservations are limited, so get that check in. Donations are $20 per person. Mail checks to Friends of Coastal Gardens, 2 Canebrake Road, Savannah, GA  31419. I attended my first one last year and vowed to never miss another one. The meals and hors d'oeuvres are to die for.  

Saturday at PoJo's:  The morning started off very cold, in the low 30s. Setting up in the cold is not easy. But as the day progressed, it got up into the 60s and was a great day for selling your "stuff." During the middle of the day, I began hearing this shrill cry from up above and saw two red tailed hawks circling and trying to ward off a vulture. This couple probably was trying to protect their territory. What an awesome display! Thanks to all of you who stopped by and complimented me on my column. That made my day. Setting up at PoJo's is a true experience. We get to see lots of our friends, meet new ones and enjoy a day in the sun. My new friend, Elizabeth, from Sunbury was a delight the entire day. This elderly black lady shared some of her life and her beliefs and just made the day a pleasure. Al and Polly Wolford, owners of PoJo's, only charge $10 to set up. Setting up at PoJo's brings in a lot of tourists driving down Highway 17, so this is good. Set up is the first Saturday of every month. See you there in March.

Reception planned:  When I first met Lois Smith of Woodland Lakes several years ago, I could not believe her energy and drive to make Woodland Lakes a more beautiful place in which to live. I joined in, and helped her committee with their fundraisers and was amazed at all she accomplished. The thousands of dollars worth of new playground equipment was due to her efforts. The new fence, and planter at the entrance, and palm trees were purchased through her efforts. Azaleas, dogwoods and most of the plants and trees you see around the area were planted by her and her committee. When the POA built a park on Trophy Lake, Lois headed up a drive to landscape the area. During the Great American Cleanup several years ago, Lois managed to rid Woodland Lakes of many junk cars, campers and trailers. Now Lois is not in the best of health, and will be moving to Savannah with her husband, Buddy. Please know that without Buddy's assistance, Lois could not have finished her quest. Her longtime friend, Phillis Griffin announced that there would be a reception held for Lois at the Clubhouse in Woodland Lakes on Saturday, March 1, from 2-4 p.m. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish.

Duh!  Well folks, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell us why so many "little people" are being laid off in big corporations. Let's just take the two hospital systems in Savannah. If Bob Colvin, CEO at Memorial, and Paul Hinchey, CEO at St. Joseph's/Candler, were to personally reduce their salaries by half and turn down their million dollar bonuses, there would be no layoffs. CEOs, supervisors, managers, directors, all draw stupendous salaries. For what? The people who work under them do all the work. They are the ones that sacrifice family, God and country to serve their employer. Yet, do they receive humongous salaries? No! Is there any loyalty from employers? Find me just one. Some people put 30 to 40 years into a company or business, only to be laid off later. Liberty and justice for all?

Quoting Tommie:  "There have been many proposals lately in regards to tax relief and reform. Governor Purdue boldly proposed to amend the state constitution to eliminate state property taxes for the citizens of Georgia. This plan would save property owners $94 million a year. I believe this is a good idea and is a step in the right direction. This will get the state out of the business of property taxes and place local governments in charge of reassessments, which will bring government closer to the people." This is word for word that was printed recently in a message from State Sen. Tommie Williams. Folks, from my standpoint we surely don't need our local Liberty County Government taking over completely. We need the state to step in when needed. Look at what is happening right now with our taxes. You might as well put your tax statement in a bottle rocket and light it. That's where it's all heading, sky high!

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