​House Bill______

By Representative Rick Jasperse


A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

AN ACT


1    To provide a homestead exemption from Pickens County School District ad valorem taxes


2    for educational purposes for the full value of the homestead for certain residents of that


3    school district who are 62 years of age, to provide for definitions, to specify the terms and


4    conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto, to provide for applicability,


5    to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal, to repeal conflicting laws,


6   and for other purposes. 


7                                                                        BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA


8                                                                                                                    SECTION 1.


 9    For purposes of the Act, the term


10   (1) "Ad valorem taxes for educational purposes" means all ad valorem taxes for


11   educational purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of the Pickens County School District,


12    including, but not limited to, taxes to pay interest on and to retire school bond


13    indebtedness.


14   (2) "Homestead" means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of


15   the O.C.G.A.


16   (3) "Senior Citizen" means a person who is 62 years of age or over on or before January 


17   1 of the year in which application for the exemption under the Act is made.


18                                                                                                                SECTION 2.


19    (a) Each resident of the Pickens County School District who is a senior citizen is granted


20    an exemption on the person's homestead from all Pickens County School District ad


21    valorem taxes for educational purposes for the full value of that homestead.


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 1    (b) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (a) of this


 2    section unless the person or person's agent files an affidavit with the tax commissioner of


 3    Pickens County giving the person's age, and/or such additional information relative to receiving such


 4    exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such owner is


 5    entitled to such exemption.  The tax commissioner shall provide affidavit forms for this purpose.


 6                                                                                                                SECTION 3.


 7    The tax commissioner of Pickens County or the designee thereof shall provide application


 8    forms for the exemption granted by this Act and shall require such information as may be


 9    necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the owner for the exemption.


10                                                                                                               SECTION 4.


11   The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the 


12   O.C.G.A.  The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year as long as the


13   owner occupies the residence as a homestead.  After a person has filed the proper affidavit


14   as provided in subsection (b) of Section 2 of this Act, it shall not be necessary to make


15   application and file such affidavit thereafter for any year, and the exemption shall continue


16   to be allowed to such person.   It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead


17   exemption under this Act to notify the tax commissioner of Pickens County or the designee


18   thereof in the event that a personal for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption.


19                                                                                                              SECTION 5.


20   The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect any state taxes, municipal


21   taxes, independent school district taxes, or Pickens County taxes for county purposes.  The


22   homestead exemption granted by this Act shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other



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 1   homestead exemption applicable to Pickens County School District ad valorem taxes for 


 2   educational purposes.


 3                                                                                                            SECTION 6.


 4   The exemption granted by this Act shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after


 5    January 1, _________.


 6                                                                                                            SECTION 7.


 7    Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1962, as amended, the election


 8    superintendent of Pickens County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this


 9    section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the Pickens County School


10   District for approval or rejection.  The election superintendent shall conduct that election on


11   the date of the state-wide general election in _______, and shall issue the call and conduct that


12   election as provided by general law.  The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of


13   the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date


14   thereof in the official organ of Pickens County.  The ballot shall have written or printed


15   thereon the words:


16                                                             ( ) YES      Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from


17                                                                               Pickens County School District ad valorem taxes for educational


18                                                             ( ) NO      purposes for the full value of the homestead for residents of that school


19                                                                              district who are 62 years of age?"


20    All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote "Yes," and those persons


21    desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote "No."  If more than one-half of the votes


22    cast on such question are for approval of the Act, Sections 1 through 6 shall become of full


23    force and effect on January 1, ________.  If the Act is not approved or if the election is not


24    conducted as provided in this section, Section 1 through 6 of this Act shall not become


25    effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately


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 1    following that election date.  The expense of such election shall be borne by Pickens County.


 2    It shall be the election superintendent's duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of


 3   State.


 4                                                                                                              SECTION 8.


 5   Except as otherwise provided in Section 7 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon


 6   its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

 

7                                                                                                              SECTION 9.


8    All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

 



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​IF YOU ARE A REGISTERED VOTER IN PICKENS COUNTY GEORGIA, PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION BELOW.  BY LAW, IF WE CAN GET 20% OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS ( OF PICKENS COUNTY GEORGIA) TO SIGN A PETITION, THEN WE CAN PUT THE SENIOR EXEMPTION REFERENDUM ON THE BALLOT OURSELVES WITHOUT HAVING TO GO THROUGH THE EXTREMELY SLOW PROCESS OF OUR COMMISSIONERS AND STATE REPRESENTATIVES.   WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 20,250 REGISTERED VOTERS IN PICKENS COUNTY.   THAT MEANS WE NEED APPROXIMATELY 4040 SIGNATURES.  

(ACCORDING TO OUR LAWYER, THE LEGAL REPRODUCTION OF THE REFERENDUM  (AMENDMENT) SHOULD BE PROVIDED, IN ORDER FOR YOU TO READ AND KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE SIGNING UP FOR.  BELOW THE PETITION, AFTER THE WORD "SUBMIT," IS THE REPRODUCTION OF THAT REFERENDUM.  IT MAY LOOK STRANGE TO YOU, BUT IT IS IN "LEGAL" FORMAT.) 


BE SURE TO ENTER INFORMATION INTO EACH BOX, THEN CLICK "SUBMIT" AT THE BOTTOM WHEN YOU HAVE FINISHED.  

AFTER YOU HIT "SUBMIT," SCROLL BACK UP TO THE TOP.  IT WILL SHOW YOUR CONFIRMATION.



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