Letters and e-mails can be particularly effective in influencing legislators' views.
Tips for writing an effective letter
Keep letters brief. Limit your comments to one page.
Identify yourself. Let your legislator know that you are a parent, taxpayer, and/or concerned citizen.
State your concern or support. For example, "I urge you to oppose any legislation calling for the elimination of the property tax as a source of public school funding and replacing it totally with a dedicated statewide sales tax. Passage of HR58 would be detrimental to our schools and to our communities." Follow this with a few well-stated, brief arguments for your position.
- A statewide sales tax to fund public education would result in a loss of local control and subsequently the loss of important locally-funded initiatives. This would negatively impact the education my student receives.
- The volatility of the sales tax would make it difficult, if not impossible, to predict revenue and set a budget.
- Under the proposal, many Georgians would end up paying more in taxes, not less.
Provide a connection. What impact would this legislation have on you? Help the legislator understand your position. Include specific facts about how legislation will impact your child, your school, your school system, and your state.
Include your contact information. This will allow your legislator to identify you as a constituent.
Address your letter correctly. Letters should follow the accepted protocol.
When addressing State Senators the inside address should read:
The Honorable (full name)
The salutation should read: Dear Senator (last name)
For Georgia Representatives the inside address should read:
The Honorable (full name)
The salutation should read:Dear Representative (last name)
If contacting your legislator by email...
The tips above also apply when addressing your legislator via email. Use appropriate language and state your case clearly. Avoid informal language and symbols that often are included in email communication. Remember to include your full name, address, and zip code. This will allow your legislator to identify you as a constituent.
Let your legislators hear your voice!
Representative Jerry Keen from Glynn County is the sponsor of HR58, which calls for the elimination of the property tax as a source of public school funding. Interested citizens may provide feedback to him on the proposal at the following address:
The Honorable Jerry Keen
Room 338 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
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