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February 12, 2008

Albany--  Some Dougherty County taxpayers sued the county over property revaluations and begged county leaders for tax reform. They could get some relief from state lawmakers.

Tuesday, the Senate passed two constitutional amendments aimed at freezing property assessments statewide. One amendment would cap the assessed value of residential and non-residential properties at close to their 2009 valuations.

The other would keep your home value the same as long as you own it. Dougherty County tax relief advocate Robert Rehberg has collected dozens of signatures over the past few months in support of a local homestead exemption.

"What this proposal does is put a freeze on the rise of the fair market value of your home for tax purposes. It helps older people and younger ones too, keep from being put out of their homes because they can't afford their taxes," said Rehberg.

Rehberg says the exemptions would encourage more people to stay in the county. The proposed amendments must also pass the House and get voters approval to become law.

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