Catoosa County residents voted in favor of exempting seniors from school taxes.

3,593 people, or 93% of the ballots, voted 'yes', while 256 people, or 7% of the ballots, voted 'no'. 


Residents in Georgia will head to the polls Tuesday to vote in the state's general and special election.

If passed, a referendum would exempt seniors in Catoosa County from school taxes. 

Catoosa County Tax Commissioner Gary Autry said residents must be at least 65 years of age and have a household income of $30,000 or less. The exemption may not exceed $40,000 of the assessed value of the homestead. 

"It's not earned income, it's all income," Autry said in part. "So when you come into the office, you have to qualify by providing us with a federal tax return perhaps or proving to us someway that that's your actual income."

Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Steven Henry said these seniors would be exempt from school taxes.

While they don't know how many seniors would qualify for the act, they don't expect this referendum to impact the schools due to extra revenue. 

"This is designed to help those widows and widowers that are truly in need," Henry said. "We want to make sure we can do what we can for them."

Long-time Catoosa County resident Bill Rhinehart is on the fence about the measure. 

"I hope this version that they came up with gets passed; but, I would personally like to see the age get dropped to 65 with no restriction," Rhinehart said.

Voting polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday. 

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