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Terrell County residents protest high property taxes

August 7, 2007

Dawson -- There's another tax battle brewing, this one in Terrell County where some homeowners say new property assessments aren't fair.

45 people met Tuesday night in Dawson to discuss ways to fight higher tax bills.

They say outside assessors did not properly evaluate many properties and that resulted in big increases. Increases they hope will be lowered.

Terrell County resident Bill Jordan helped to organize the meeting. He said, "The land values are inconsistent with each other. We're trying to get people to appeal their reassessment. In order to do that you have to get it in writing to the tax assessors office by the 13th of this month for it to do any good. If you can get enough people to appeal, I'm not sure of how many, I think they cannot raise the taxes this year."

Many of these property owners say they may form a taxpayers association similar to one recently set up in Dougherty County to serve as a watchdog group to monitor how local governments spend their tax money.

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