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County officials question legislative tax break

April 18, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) -- Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle says lawmakers are working to address concerns that county officials have about a property tax break approved last week.

The counties say it would cost millions of dollars to distribute refund checks to Georgia homeowners.

The size of the refund could also vary widely from one county to another. And the paperwork required to process the returns could take months, according to Jerry Griffin, executive director of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

Griffin laid out the concerns in a letter he delivered yesterday to Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson.

State lawmakers hastily patched together the $142 million property tax cut as a way to end an impasse over state budget spending. They said homeowners would receive an average refund of about 100 dollars. A state Department of Revenue analysis found that the average refund would actually be 68 dollars.

Griffin said it would be far easier -- and cheaper -- to provide the property tax relief to homeowners as a credit on their 2007 property tax bill.
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