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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Tax bills are on their way to Dougherty County homeowners, and they're arriving a month earlier. That's to give people more time to prepare for the bills which are higher this year.

Property owners throughout the state who have homestead exemption will see a $200-300 increase on tax bills because the Homeowners tax relief grant is no longer being funded by the state.

In the city of Albany, it's an additional $317. It's a little less in the county, but still a major increase over last year.

Since people started receiving their tax notices in the bill, the Dougherty County tax office has been inundated with phone calls questioning the increase.  Tax Director Denver Collins-Hooten said, "We've got a few people that, of course, are upset. This is one of the reasons that we tried to use media coverage. The county, school and city sent out a letter trying to alert homeowners in advance several months ago. It's been in the news since last year so it shouldn't be a surprise."

If your taxes are escrowed, you'll need to make up the difference in your account to cover the high bills. Property taxes are due by December 20th.

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