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Taxpayers fight property values

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Dougherty County taxpayers association wants every property owner in the county to file a property tax return.

Chairman Richard Thomas says he wants the 15,000 property owners to overwhelm the tax office with property tax returns.

He says most people aren't even aware that they have the right to do a return every year. They must be filed by April first.

A workshop Thursday night will give property owners instructions on how to complete a return if they disagree with the assessed values of their homes.  

"If you have a complaint about government corruption, mismanagement, failed projects, failed school boards, any of these issues, it's being funded by your property taxes," said Richard Thomas of the Dougherty County Taxpayers Association. "And if you don't show up at this meeting and learn to file a property tax return that you're unhappy about, then you basically are forfeiting your right under the constitution to complain about issues in Dougherty County."

The meeting will be at the Merry Acres conference center at seven o'clock Thursday night.

You can see a property tax return form and a lawsuit the Dougherty Taxpayers Association filed against the tax director on our website.

  •  Click HERE for the property tax form
  •  Click HERE to see the lawsuit filed by the taxpayers association


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