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Taxpayers speak out against County tax hike

October 8, 2007

Albany - Some angry taxpayers continue to speak out against higher taxes. Richard Thomas, with the Dougherty County Taxpayers Association says the city, county, and school board should not consider the newly appraised values on property because they're based on inflated property values.

He says since the assessment, The real estate market has been on a sharp decline with home prices dropping and more homes on the market because people aren't buying right now. "It's not fair that we have to pay taxes in the future on inflated values and the value of our real estate has diminished 30 and 40% in this particular area since last October."

County Commissioner Lamar Hudgins said, "The state has fined Dougherty County because it was undervalued and so we have been in this process for about 18 months. We're now in the culmination stages, doing appeals and so this is a normal process."

The county commission has a second hearing on property taxes in just about an hour at the government center and another next Monday. They plan to vote on the millage rate at a special called meeting on October 24th at 10 AM.

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