Perdue: No cash for tax relief grants

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Sonny Perdue says he'd like to continue to
fund tax relief grants for homeowners. But he told state lawmakers
he just can't find the cash.

Perdue made the remarks Wednesday as legislators kicked off
three days of hearings into the state budget. Georgia is trying to
slash about $2 billion in spending to fill a revenue shortfall.

Perdue's budget blueprint eliminates $428 million in funding for
the Homeowner Tax Relief Grant. That's been met with protest from
state lawmakers.

The state pays the grants to local governments, which are then
supposed to pass them along to homeowners as tax credits. They
average about $200 to $300 per household. Their loss could mean
homeowners could see their property taxes rise.

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