But state Sen. Barrow Peacock hopes at least to limit this. Starting next year, his SB 269 would cap the rate at two percent, while his SB 273 would attempt to prevent any charge above two percent from being given to these governments; either would do the job. This could throw a wrench into both cities' planning, forcing them to be better stewards of resources (admittedly, the forté of neither) and would curtail somewhat the practice of putting hidden taxes onto the citizenry.
The Republican deserves commendation for this. Hopefully, a majority of his legislative colleagues will see it the same way this session.