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Senior tax relief passes by overwhelming margin

Troup County voters approved a special election question with an overwhelming margin of 80 percent to 20 percent on election day. The total vote count was 23,045 in favor and 5,666 against.

The question was an amendment to the Troup County School System’s homestead exemption, which would benefit citizens 65 and older.

The amendment allows for an exemption on school-related property taxes, if a person is over 65, and if their total income is under $40,000.

In January, TCSS estimated it would cost the school system about $1.7 million in revenue and would help approximately 2,500 seniors.

Total income includes the income of the senior’s spouse, as well as retirement, disability, Social Security and pension.

The amendment was supported by the entire Troup County Board of Education.