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Dougherty tax group praises assessment freeze

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -A Dougherty County tax group says the state's new tax assessment moratorium is good, but they still are calling for property appraisals to be lowered.

Governor Sonny Perdue signed a bill into law Wednesday that will prevent local governments from hiking assessments during the economic downturn that has driven most property values down.

Critics of the law say cash strapped counties will be forced to hike their millage rates or cut services.

The Dougherty County Taxpayers Association says local governments should be forced to cut back just like most families. Co-chairman Richard Thomas said  "I think it's reprehensible that private citizens have to cut back. From groceries to housing repairs, to trips and vacations, and whatever else. But the county just continues on these spending binges and frittering away more money."

The state moratorium will freeze property assessments until 2011. The Dougherty County Taxpayers Association is appealing the counties 2006 tax assessment, wanting a rollback now that many propery values have dropped.

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