Originally created 10/10/05

Homeowners rally to fight taxes

COLUMBIA - As lawmakers discuss strategies for reforming property taxes, homeowners are getting together to persuade them to end the system of using land values to fund local schools.

Most opposition comes from homeowners who worry about getting taxed out of homes they have owned for years. The taxes go up as property values increase, but they say their incomes don't keep up with the higher taxes.

"I call it an all-out war on the reassessment system," said Sen. David Thomas, R-Greenville. "There's a level of tolerance, and it's at the breaking point."

Legislative leaders say change isn't going to come easily.

"What you are talking about doing is altering how government is financed," said House Speaker Bobby Harrell, R-Charleston.

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