Letter To The Editor

Here are the true facts

by Selma Coty, Grantville

In reference to the following Sound Off:

“Get a license: Grantville City Councilman Selma Coty has been running a business in her home for years without a business license and constantly attacking the licensed businesses. Also, her house is valued at over $240,000, but she pays less than $390 in property taxes. Should she representing us?”

I never cease to be amazed at the time and effort Mayor Jim Sells, and his sidekicks, will go to discredit someone they cannot intimidate or who simply disagrees with them. He has done this to other council members, to our Recreation Department and even to our county commissioner. 

So, the Sound Off article that appeared about me in the Times-Herald on 4-17-13 comes as no surprise. I rarely respond publicly to the mayor’s rants, but in this case I think your readers are entitled to know how the facts have been twisted to fit his agenda. 

In the referenced article, the author asked the question, “Should Mrs. Coty represent the citizens of Grantville?” He wrote that I live in a house valued at $240,000 and pay only $390 in property taxes. He also wrote that I did not have a business license for an in-law suite I rent and that I attacked businesses that do have licenses.

With regard to the allegations concerning the value of my home and the property tax I pay, the author clearly misrepresented the facts. The facts are these: My house is valued at $87,000. My home is located on 23.69 acres, which qualifies it for a Conservation Program. This lowers my property taxes to $390. Check it out. You, too, may qualify.

With regard to his comment about the in-law suite I rent occasionally and that I did not have an Occupational Tax Certificate: This case was dismissed in July 2010. But, the city court clerk failed to record that the case had been dismissed. So, in January 2013, I was cited again. This time the judge ordered me to get a license and I did.

The author also mentioned that I attack licensed businesses. I guess that was a reference to me voting with the majority for a higher Occupational Tax rate than the mayor wanted.

My only interest is the betterment of the community I have lived in for over 30 years and where family members have a home. This cannot be said of Mr. Sells, who lives in Peachtree City. 

I hope this helps your readers see how the writer has misrepresented the facts in order to make another person look bad. This comes naturally to Mr. Sells. Should I represent the citizens of Grantville? Absolutely!


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