With our own SPLOST vote taking place and the Atlanta mayoral race just up the interstate, many Pike County residents were not paying attention to the heated gubernatorial races across the country. To recap, there were some heavy hitting elections at hand.
Republican Chris Christie beat incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine in New Jersey while Republican Bob McDonnell trounced Democrat Creigh Deeds in Virginia. Democrats also prevented a shut-out by winning an upstate New York congressional seat.
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As the courthouse clock struck 8 p.m. Tuesday, the final precinct's votes were announced in the courtroom. All eight Pike County precincts voted against SPLOST. A total of 1,297 citizens voted no and 989 voted yes.
Disappointed citizens streamed out of the courthouse after the results were posted.
"I think Pike County citizens are going to regret this," said EMS Ken Riley. "Taxes are going up. There was a lot of misinformation and scare tactics from the opposition."
Vocal SPLOST opponent Gary Hammock was pleased with the results.
"I think it's very good. I think they're going to be getting the message."
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Georgia is open for business and will remain that way as long as we don’t raise taxes. During times of economic downturns and declining revenues, you will hear a variety of suggestions on how to turn around the economy. These suggestions can be as reasonable as tax incentives for job growth or as outlandish as raising taxes on struggling businesses and families. Raising taxes in Georgia is not an option. Georgia is poised for an economic turn-around utilizing free-market principles.
Companies want to locate where taxes are low. Georgia has one of the lowest corporate income tax rates, ranking 42nd in the nation according to Georgia State University’s Fiscal Research Center. Georgia also ranks 35th in the nation on total per person tax burden, making jobs more attractive. By maintaining these low taxes, Georgia is attracting companies, growing jobs and turning around our economy. Over the next five years, our state should see growth of more than 22,000 jobs and investments over $560 million from companies relocating to Georgia. For example, NCR Corporation announced earlier this summer that is has selected Duluth, GA for its worldwide headquarters campus and Columbus, GA for a new North American manufacturing plant, bringing 2,000 additional jobs. Last year, NCR expanded services in Peachtree City investing over $15 million and creating 560 new jobs. Others companies locating in Georgia include:
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3 large Idaho potatoes
1/4 cup butter
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 onion, diced
salt and pepper
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Scrub the potatoes, slice them and put in a pot of boiling water. Boil the potatoes until tender, then drain and mash them with 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the cottage cheese, onion, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir the mixture gently and then put in a greased casserole dish. Dot the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and sprinkle with paprika. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. [Full story »]