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<p>This is my birthday month.  While always grateful to see I'm still around when this month rolls by it is also the yearly house taxes are due and car tags, which in Georgia means ad valorem fees also. </p>
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<p>Anyway, until this year I paid $25.00 extra for a "Wildlife" tag where part of the fees went to supporing the Department of Natural Resources.  But our Republican legislature and Governor raised the fees this year so I opted to get simply a regular tag.  I think it's so interesting that in this election year (Georgia primaries are this coming Tuesday) it has been the Republicans who have raised our fees and taxes while all compaigning they want to go so far as to get rid of the State income tax.  Just last year some of them were trying to get rid of the ad valorem tax we pay on our vehicles ($239.00 for me this year) and they couldn't even figure out how to eliminate that without I've yet to see a plan as to how they intend to balance the budget but that's another issue.  I've also noticed a lot of Georgia drivers doing like me and opting out of the specialty tags rather than pay the additional fees.  I wonder how much the various groups that kind of depend somewhat on our willingness to pay extra for specialty tags are going to fare this year.</p>
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<p>My tag fees were $295.00.  by getting just a regular tag it went down to $259.00.  I did have to go to a county tag office to make the change but fortunately they are open 1/2 day on Saturdays and I was in and out within 15 minutes.   My proof of insurance and emissions control information was already in their computer so they just had to issue me a new tag.</p>
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<p>After having grown up in GA & then living there to my late 20's, I just assumed that everybody paid ad valorem taxes on their cars.  What a welcome surprise when I first registered my car outside of the state!</p>
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<p>$99 here for the state plate + $75 for the city sticker + $25 for zoned parking in our neighborhood.  Luckily the plate is in Dec & the other two are in June.</p>
 

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<p>do any states base it on weight of the vehicle = wear and tear on the roadways the taxes are supposed to help upkeep?</p>
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<p>Ohio pays different rates for different types of vehicles  ...  and vanity or special plates cost extra every year, regardless of whether you actually get a new specialty plate or just a sticker to put on the thing ...</p>
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Reminds me of that Twain quote: "Give a man a reputation as an early riser and that man can sleep until noon." I'm starting to think that all of politics operates from this principle.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>GaReb770</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68900/good-news-bad-news-july-car-tags-taxes-in-georgia#post_1923323"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I think it's so interesting that in this election year (Georgia primaries are this coming Tuesday) it has been the Republicans who have raised our fees and taxes while all compaigning they want to go so far as to get rid of the State income tax. </p>
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<p>Our good news/bad news for the day:</p>
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<p>Bad: The A/C went out in the middle of the night last night.</p>
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<p>Good: We're under home warranty and the repairman is already at the house.</p>
 
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