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Mayor Adams wanted to give homeowner's some relief

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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany's mayor wants to give homeowners a tax rebate but he hit a dead end.

This year the state did not fund the homestead relief grant. That means homeowners will have to pay an extra $300 in property taxes.

23-percent of that money goes to the city. Mayor Willie Adams asked the City Attorney to find a way to allow the city to absorb the cost but Nathan Davis found no legal basis to get it done.

"Unfortunately we have property taxes paid by individuals that are not homesteaded property and yet they still pay so we would be making a distinction between reimbursing the homesteaded property and not the un-homesteaded property so there just isn't a way to do it," said Davis.

Davis says the only way the city can help homeowners out is to roll back the millage rate next year.

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