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Tax changes will impact county collections

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A wide ranging overhaul of property taxes here in Georgia will cost local counties more during tight budget times.

The Senate must still approved changes the House made to the measure. The bill's supporters say it will create uniformity in the way homes are taxed and give homeowners access to more information.

Counties would have to assess more properties each year and send assessment notices on every property every year.

In Dougherty County that's 37,000 notices annually, costing the county additional costs for postage and gasoline for the assessment.

"Yes it's going to impact us, simply because of the fact that you're mailing out 100% of assessment notices, will probably result in more appeals, and you just don't know until you go there," said Tax Director Denver Collins Hooten. "My expectation is that we would entertain more appeals and of course that's a process that's very involved too."

The additional costs weren't included in this years already tight budget.

The changes would also extend the appeals process from 30 to 45 days, but Dougherty County deadline is already 45 days.

 

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