“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?”
The main topic of the sentence comes is in one word, “property”. To rephrase, it could be said as “shall property (owned by the University System of Georgia) continue to be exempt from taxation (to keep costs affordable)?” The other information can be saved for a follow up sentence, otherwise it makes the sentence clunky and hard to understand. Too much information given in one sentence makes it hard to understand what the main point is. The words that first jump out are “property”, “utilized”,”exempt”, and “affordable”. In the rhetorical situation, the speaker may be more biased towards keeping costs affordable for students. It is a leading sentence, saying who exactly owns the property, compared to who is actually using it right off the bat. The speaker seems as if they are advocated for lower costs, instead of asking a general question. The speaker may be coming from a background in which they understand and sympathize with the high costs of college and living situations throughout those years. They may just be a student themself. The speaker uses the word “system”. This is powerful because it does not just call out a single university, but the entire university system of Georgia. This has the connotation that is affecting a vast range of students, all struggling with the costs of student housing. It implies that there is an overarching problem here, and makes the reader think about not just the problem in Georgia’s schools, but the U.S. as a whole.