Originally created 08/31/02

Selective tax increases intolerable

Are you Augustans aware that our consolidated government is blatantly ignoring the Georgia Taxpayers Bill of Rights (SB 177, Act 431, 1999 Session)? This law is for the prevention of indirect tax increases, resulting from hikes to existing property values due to inflation.

This law states, "When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year's new digest that the last year's millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred."

It further states, "If the county elects to set their millage rate higher than the rollback rate, then the new law imposes some new requirements. The new requirements are to hold three public hearings, place notices of the increase in the paper and issue press releases."

To date, I have seen no press release stating the government is raising property taxes, yet my tax revaluation clearly states my taxes are based on a significant increase in my property's value.

Wake up, west Augusta and tell the commission we are not going to tolerate this selective tax increase on only portions of consolidated Augusta.

August E. Kertnar Jr., Augusta


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