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Property tax increase angers some residents


Albany-The values of many Dougherty County homes went way up after recent reappraisals.  Even if the school board doesn't raise the tax rate, many people will pay more. 

 On Monday night, board members held a public hearing on their proposal to keep the tax rate at 17.7 mills.

Many people say they are angered by possibility of an increase in property tax, because they are living on fixed incomes. Others think school board members should look at other alternatives to avoid what amounts to a tax increase for most homeowners. 

 School Board member, David Macsche, says the school board should consider rolling back the tax rate. 

 Some taxpayers questioned whether the school system is spending their money wisely since the state says seven Dougherty County schools aren't meeting standards.

Taxpayers will have two more chances to speak out about the tax rate.  The next hearing will be on August 28 at eleven A-M at the New Albany Middle School.

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