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Over a hundred property tax bills in court

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

September 15, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than 130 properties in Dougherty County still have not settled their 2007 property tax evaluations.  

Thirty-five-thousand properties were evaluated in Dougherty County after the county was found to be out of the state's property tax regulation rate in 2006. Of those 35,000, 400 properties appealed the assessment results.

That number was dwindled down to 135 that are currently in the court system.

"We have about 135 pieces of property in the court system, but it is only involving about 50 different taxpayers," said Chief Tax Assessor Bill Ashberry.

"I feel like it is just a few people who don't want to pay their fair share of taxes. They want the working people and homeowners to. I think the people who own the big parcels of land should pay their fair share too," said County Commissioner Jack Stone.

In 2006 Dougherty County was fined $66,000 by the state for falling out of compliance of the state taxation rates.

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