Columbus Mayor hopes to 'Thaw the Freeze'

Columbus Mayor hopes to 'Thaw the Freeze'

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - She calls it "Thaw the Freeze" and on Tuesday night, Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson made her case to the public - when it comes to what you pay in property taxes.

Mayor Tomlinson held a public forum at the Springer Opera House concerning her proposed alternative to what's commonly known as a "property tax freeze." That's normally when the property taxes of homes receiving a homestead exemption are based upon the value of a home when it was purchased. That value is "frozen" or fixed until the property is changed or sold, then the value of the home is reassessed and frozen again.

Mayor Tomlinson says her "thaw the freeze" alternative would not eliminate the property tax freeze, but would rather grandfather in anyone who is currently under that freeze, so they could remain under it as long as they own a home that is frozen in value.

"Many of our seniors, if they wish to downsize, if their lives are changing, then of course they get hit with a sizable tax increase," Mayor Tomlinson said.

"Even with the new people coming, they at least know what their taxes are going to be and not going to go up for them later," Columbus resident John House added.

This was the second of four public forums for this property tax freeze proposal. The next ones will be on Wednesday, July 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Comer Recreation Center located at 107 41st St. and  then on Wednesday, July 29 also starting at 6 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library.

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