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Reviewing property tax appeals is a slow process

August 20, 2007

Albany -- The slow process of property tax appeals in Dougherty County should speed up soon.

More than 5,000 property owners appealed their reappraisals. So far, about 2,000 have been reviewed.

Exact numbers aren't in, but tax officials say a significant number of appeals have been granted.

"We currently have two boards in school this week that the department of revenue is giving a 40 hour course to set them up so that we can expedite these appeals. They're really bogged down at the board of equalization," said Dougherty County Tax director, Denver Hotten.

Even though those two new boards will help speed up the process,  the county expects the appeals process to continue through the end of the year.

Right now, there's still only one Board of Equalization reviewing the cases. But relief is on the way.

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