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Dougherty Co. pays fine for under-charging taxpayers

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Department of Revenue fined the county several years ago for not charging ad valorem taxes at fair market value. The county did a revaluation of properties, but not quickly enough for the state's liking.      

The county appealed once.  After it became clear the department of revenue was not going to relent, County leaders decided to go ahead and pay the $66,000 fine.

 

"If we continue the appeal forward and onward and have to spend more money and time, particularly on attorneys fees or having to get some kind of expertise help, it would cost more than the fine itself," said County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard. "There is a point of no return to where it doesn't make sense to use taxpayers money."

 The county was ordered to pay the penalty in 2006 but waited to pay until exhausting its appeals.

 

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