Constitutional Amendment 1:

Constitutional Amendment to Suspend Compensation for Public Officers Indicted for a Felony Amendment

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to suspend the compensation of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State School Superintendent, Commissioner of Insurance, Commissioner of Agriculture, Commissioner of Labor, or any member of the General Assembly while such individual is suspended from office following indictment for a felony?

I will vote Yes. This amendment would suspend pay for any of the offices listed in the amendment if they have been suspended form office following an indictment for a felony

Constitutional Amendment 2:

Constitutional Amendment for Temporary Property Tax Change for Disaster-Damaged Properties Amendment

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to provide that the governing authority of each county, municipality, and consolidated government and the board of education of each independent and county school system in this state shall be authorized to grant temporary tax relief to properties within its jurisdiction which are severely damaged or destroyed as a result of a disaster and located within a nationally declared disaster area?

I will vote Yes. This amendment was proposed by State Representative Lynn Smith following a request by city officials in Newnan to provide property tax relief after nearly 1,800 Coweta County homeowners had to pay taxes even after their homes were damaged or destroyed by an EF-4 tornado, and federal emergency relief was not forthcoming. The authority of local governments to provide tax relief under such circumstances does not yet exist under state law.


Tax Referendum 1: 

Voter Approval for Merged Family-Owned Farms and Dairy and Eggs Tax Exemption Measure

Shall the Act be approved which expands a state-wide exemption from ad valorem taxes for agricultural equipment and certain farm products held by certain entities to include entities comprising two or more family-owned farm entities, and which adds dairy products and unfertilized eggs of poultry as qualified farm products with respect to such exemption?

I will vote Yes. This change would extend already-existing agricultural property tax exemptions to dairy and egg products and equipment. It would also allow property tax exemptions to be extended to family-owned farms, meaning 80% or more of the income of the property is derived by established agricultural uses, and one or more of the owners are related to each other within a fourth-degree of civil reckoning.

Tax Referendum 2: 

Voter Approval for Timber Equipment Exempt from Property Taxes Measure

Shall the Act be approved which grants a state-wide exemption from all ad valorem taxes for certain equipment used by timber producers in the production or harvest of timber? 

I will vote Yes. This change would include equipment owned or leased by commercial timber producers used for timber harvesting and production. It would include off-road equipment, including de-limbers and wood-chippers, but not motor vehicles. It would the timber industry the same tax exemption already allowed for agriculture.