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Senior tax exemption straw poll makes ballot

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        Pickens Seniors for Change, an advocacy group fighting for additional tax exemptions for senior property owners, achieved a milestone this week with the approval of a straw poll question for next year’s Republican primary ballot. 

The advocacy group has been pushing for changes to the county’s current tax exemption policies for years, arguing that Pickens County seniors – especially those on fixed incomes - are “going broke” because of their property taxes. Pickens County currently offers a full exemption for property owners 62 years and older with a household income of less than $25,000.

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Realist
+5 #1 Realist 2017-07-19 11:18
Pickens County does NOT have the tax base to support ANY TAX EXEMPTIONS AT THIS TIME. Maybe these folks that want a tax break should help bring quality businesses that can allow for tax exemption. Even communities MUCH BIGGER in tax base had a very big challenge due to their exemptions. We seem to have politicians ready to raise taxes, but none that can say NO in exemptions. Can't have it both ways.
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Another Realist
+7 #2 Another Realist 2017-07-19 15:46
I wonder how many of these exemption will be given to the people of Big Canoe and Bent Tree who own houses valued at $250,000+ or more; who most likely live here only a couple months a year or have thier property listed in thier elderly parents name to avoid taxes all together!! Can't wait until we are paying 10% tax on our groceries to cover it
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Darlene strickland
-2 #3 Darlene strickland 2017-07-19 17:37
Does anyone think they can live on $1200.00 per month and give most of that for taxes. People have moved out of the county to surrounding counties to get that break.

You should give the elderly and disabled a break.
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pinto colvig
+3 #4 pinto colvig 2017-07-19 18:01
Vote NO on senior freeloading!
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Realist
-1 #5 Realist 2017-07-20 09:24
Quoting Darlene strickland:
Does anyone think they can live on $1200.00 per month and give most of that for taxes. People have moved out of the county to surrounding counties to get that break.

You should give the elderly and disabled a break.


I fully understand the plight of the poor and disabled, but right now the county is struggling to make ends meet as well as these other folks. We just cannot afford it at this time. Maybe the Big Canoe folks could roll up their sleeves one last time to help get us to a point where we can build the tax base and give a small income based exemption. But not until.
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remy denton
+2 #6 remy denton 2017-07-21 13:15
Cut taxes for any one group, another group has to make it up. No getting around that.
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Sherry Price
-3 #7 Sherry Price 2017-07-21 18:18
I wish we did not have to pay school taxes. Try are so expensive
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sambo
+1 #8 sambo 2017-07-24 09:17
So, lets remove the conservation exemption on land so all land owners will pay school tax, and while we are at it start taxing the hospital which pays no property taxes because they are a non-profit and are exempt.
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Darlene strickland
-1 #9 Darlene strickland 2017-07-24 20:04
Quoting Realist:
Quoting Darlene strickland:
Does anyone think they can live on $1200.00 per month and give most of that for taxes. People have moved out of the county to surrounding counties to get that break.

You should give the elderly and disabled a break.


I fully understand the plight of the poor and disabled, but right now the county is struggling to make ends meet as well as these other folks. We just cannot afford it at this time. Maybe the Big Canoe folks could roll up their sleeves one last time to help get us to a point where we can build the tax base and give a small income based exemption. But not until.




But when can you the county afford it. There will always some building, road, etc. that will need fixed or upgraded. The elderly has paid county taxes for alone time.

......by the way; you usually in poor health at certain times in your life and have to be on medication and/or hospitalized.

Again give the elderly and disabled a break.
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