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Mayor proposes changes to city property tax

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson has plans to sunset or end the property tax freeze as a move to generate more money for the city.  

"Those people who have the property tax freeze will keep it but on a date in the future new transfers will not reinvest in the property tax freeze, they will invest in a new system that has a property tax cut" Mayor Tomlinson said. 

Benjamin Blair with Columbus State help put together an assessment of the current property tax freeze in Muscogee County.

"Muscogee County residents pay some of the highest tax rates in the state and part of that is due to the effective inflation on the frozen tax revenue," Dr. Blair said. 

To off-set the ending of the property tax freeze the mayor is proposing a tax break that would increase the homestead exemption to $6,500. 

"You are going to have lower taxes than you would if you were under the current system, so you when that way too, and the other reason why you want it is because you always want a tax system that allows your growth to work for you because it prevents policy makers from raising your tax rates," Tomlinson said.

Before this Sunset plan can happen several open forums will take place and it has to be approved by 10 members of city council, the general assembly, the  Muscogee County school board,  and voters. 

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