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A Sales Tax for Homeowners
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Georgia’s Local option sales taxes:

Someone recently did a bit of research and reported to us that there is an optional one cent sales tax which provides some relief to property owners.

It is the HLOST– Homestead Local Option Sales Tax

This tax may be used to increase the homestead exemption for property taxes.

If I understand it correctly I believe it is a revenue stream which could give relief to all property owners.

I would like to ask our Webmaster to look into this matter, and if it is what I think it is, then maybe those of us who visit and contribute to this site can become better informed and possibly initiate a referendum to get some tax relief.

I know we do not all (on this site) agree on all of the issues which are discussed on this medium.

However we all seem to have an interest in this issue.

Please join me in requesting that our Coastal Courier assist in this matter.

Mr Webmaster and fellow Coastal Courier bloggers I thank you in advance for any possible consideration and help.

Respectfully yours

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Sheran commented on Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 18:11 PM

I'd like to know more about this! Is this state or Liberty county?

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 06:08 AM

This is an optional sales tax which could be put on a ballot by our board of commissioners for Liberty County so that we could vote on the matter.

If I understand it, that is.

That is why we need to ask for some help on this matter.

JM we can work together on this.

Thanks to you both.

I hope the rest of our cohorts will join us.

Homeowners need some relief.

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Mar 23, 2014 at 07:55 AM

But I'm not sure we actually have a LOST,

I am afraid that we do have a LOST and if you are correct, and I imagine that you are, then apparently we cannot consider the option of HLOST.

I for one just simply know that Liberty County has one of the highest property tax rates in the State and many "old timers" are being forced off of their homesteads because on fixed incomes they cannot afford to pay their taxes.

pwatkins commented on Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 16:05 PM

Last week, Timeontarget, asked me to look into what was believed to be called homestead local option sales tax, which could increase homestead exemptions for owner/occupants on property taxes.
I don't normally do research for other people. But the prospect of paying less in taxes intrigued me.
I couldn't find that name exactly. I did, however, find information about what state officials call the homestead option sales tax. But, after reading some of the original bill and an amendment made in 1997, I couldn't explain it any more than I could've won that billion bucks with a perfect March Madness bracket.
So I asked Liberty County Administrator Joey Brown, whose job is to keep up with possible sources of funding local governments. Here's what he wrote in an email:
"Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST) is similar to the LOST (Local Option Sales Tax) with one difference. Both taxes require the rollback of millage rates. However, in HOST 80% of the rollback must be applied to homestead relief only and with the remaining 20% available for use for capital improvement. LOST requires 100% rollback of the millage rate on all property types. Counties cannot have both."

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 07:19 AM

We do in fact already have a LOST.

Therefore we aren't in a position to consider implementing a HOST.

Our county commissioners who decided to put the LOST option before the voters many years ago were more interested in protecting the interest of the large land and property owners than in helping the homeowner and the small homestead.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 07:29 AM

I'm still not sure whether we already have a LOST (i.e., nominally or does a SPLOST equal a HOST?)

See above comment.

A SPLOST is the virtual opposite of a HOST.

A SPLOST is a SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX and the proceeds from that tax can only be used to finance special projects such as the new city hall and the new courthouse.

Meanwhile the lowly homeowner be damned.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Mar 26, 2014 at 07:32 AM

Thanks to all for your consideration and commentary on this matter.

A special thanks to Mr. Watkins for clearing this matter up for us.

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