Monday, October 26, 2015

Muscogee school board supports ending tax freeze

Political figures in Columbus have been pushing for a repeal of Muscogee County’s property tax freeze.  The school board there has signed on with the proposal to “thaw” the freeze.  If approved during the 2016 legislative session, assessments in Muscogee would begin rising with market in 2017 rather than being capped at a prior year's value.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports:
The majority of the Muscogee County School Board supports allowing voters to decide next year whether Columbus will thaw its property tax freeze.
In a 6-3 vote during Monday night's meeting, the board approved a resolution that requests the local legislative delegation to ask the Georgia General Assembly for permission to place Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson's proposal on the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot...
DeKalb County also has a property tax freeze but it hasn’t been as controversial here as in Columbus.  The DeKalb freeze was extended until 2021 during the 2015 session of the General Assembly.  The City of Decatur does not use frozen values in the calculation of tax bills; it uses non-freeze values from DeKalb.

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