The Georgia Referendum

“Shall Property owned by the University System of Georgia and utilized by providers of college and university student housing and other facilities continue to be exempt from taxation to keep costs affordable?”

At first glance, this quote seems pretty straightforward and reasonable. When I first read it, I thought it meant that any piece of property that is owned by the University of Georgia that is used by students and faculty should be public property and people should not have to pay for it. But if you break it down into ‘Jane Eats Cake’ format, you will learn that the group that wrote this quote is actually just telling you what you want to hear. Breaking the quote further showed me that what these people are actually saying is that in the end, the people will have to pay for these facilities anyway. It is also very vague. Nowhere in the quote does it say who is paying for these facilities to begin with. It also does not explain the importance of the property by the University of Georgia. Don’t the parents of the students have to pay for housing anyway? What difference does it make if the costs are the same? Overall, this quote looks good if you read through it quickly. It is very clever that they put it on the ballot because when you read through it only once in a voting booth it is simple to just think “Yes, this makes sense.” Breaking down the quote is not something that many people are capable of doing.

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