Columbus mayor hosts 'Thaw the Freeze' Forum

Columbus mayor hosts 'Thaw the Freeze' Forum

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson made her case to the public Thursday night for her proposed alternative to what's commonly known as a "property tax freeze."

Tomlinson says her "thaw the freeze" plan would not eliminate the property tax freeze, but would 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.

"I think it's a shame that I can stay in one spot and my neighbor can stay in another place, I pay $500, my neighbor pays $2,500, we stay in the same neighborhood, we get the same quality of services, yet we're paying different taxes. I think that it hinders a lot of young people and military from actually staying here," said Marquese Averett, local President of Young Minority Leaders.

The forum was co-hosted by various fraternities and sororities, at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road.

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