ATLANTA - A controversial bill to double the homestead exemption in Fulton County is now in the Senate where it will likely have an easier time at passage than in the House.
It took two votes in the House to get the 120 members needed to pass it last week. Bill sponsors threatened to hold up local legislation for cities and counties across the state until it passed.
But in the Senate, Republicans have a super majority and likely won't have a hard time getting a two-thirds majority there. It’s a fact even Sen. Horacena Tate (D-Atlanta) admits is true.
“It’s not fair to Fulton County,” she tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish. “They elected people to make decisions for them and now this Legislature is going along and saying they can’t make the decision.”
Tate says it will mean a loss of $50 million a year for Fulton County affecting many of its essential services.
“We are going to lose employees for one and possibly lose services we still have to provide. We still have the library system. We still have Grady,” she says.
But Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta), who chairs the Fulton delegation in the Senate, says that's where Fulton’s cities come into play.
“If they’re being served by city governments, then we don’t need a duplication of efforts by the county government or by the state government for that matter,” he says.
The bill is among a half dozen measures aimed to change the governance of Fulton County. The Senate must also vote on bills to redistrict the county commission, making its tax assessor an appointed position, as well as changes to its elections and courts.