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October 25, 2016

Election 2016: Fireworks Sales Tax, Trauma Care Funding

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Amendment 4: “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the proceeds of excise taxes on the sale of fireworks or consumer fireworks be dedicated to the funding of trauma care, firefighter equipping and training, and local public safety purposes?”

Amendment 4 is asking voters to approve a measure that would direct revenue generated from fireworks sales to trauma care and fire safety.  Currently, the state levies a 5 percent sales tax on fireworks sold in Georgia.

The accompanying legislation, Senate Bill 350, provides specific direction for how the revenue from the excise tax would be distributed among three specific programs.  The new law would require that 55 percent of the the funds be dedicated to the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission, 40 percent to the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council and 5 percent to local governments for the operation of 9-1-1 systems.

Senate Resolution SR558

Implementing Legislation SB350

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