Friday, August 25, 2006

Heimlich and Finney Fudge the Numbers

Auditor Says County Wrong on Jail Tax Figures

In their rush to pass a sales tax proposal before this week’s deadline to qualify for the November ballot, the Hamilton County Commissioners miscalculated figures and overstated the savings for property owners, according to the county auditor.

Auditor Dusty Rhodes sent a memo Wednesday to commissioners chastising them for releasing inaccurate data about property tax reductions. Commissioners and their administrator, Patrick Thompson, should send any calculations to the auditor’s office for vetting before they are released to avoid such errors in the future, Rhodes said.

Meanwhile, an anti-tax group still hasn’t taken a public stance on the proposed sales tax increase. One of the group’s leaders, who also serves as an unofficial campaign advisor to the county commissioner who crafted the sale tax hike, previously said he had carefully reviewed all the calculations.

(Read on... City Beat)

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