Higher fees for various state licenses, will result in about $96 million extra to the state. Lawmakers also attached a 1.45 percent hospital fee to the bill. Republicans weary of raising any taxes, made sure to include a future tax cut to seniors and property owners that don't go into effect until 2012.
House Majority leader Jerry Keen told his colleagues that the measure is good for Georgians.
"Over the next five years you’re gonna have a little bit more money in your pocket…Because you’re gonna pay a little less in property tax, that’s every property owner in Georgia.”
But Democrats questioned the legality of adding so many different bills together. House Minority leader Dubose Porter said people need to know that lawmakers are indeed supporting higher taxes.
“The savings or tax reductions are in the future, not in this year…and in fact if you vote for this, your voting for a tax increase for this coming fiscal year.”
The bill passed the Senate as well and is headed to the governor's desk for his signature.