Columbus voters will decide on city's tax freezes - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Columbus voters will decide on city's tax freezes

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A big fight is brewing in Columbus over the historical tax freeze – should it stay in place or be lifted?  

With a vote of 6-3 Tuesday morning, Columbus City Council gave the go ahead to send the tax freeze issue to the state legislature. 

If it give the okay, voters likes William Huff will see a resolution on the November 2016 ballot. 

"We need to be realistic and understand we've got to raise for money and how do you do that well, obviously you do it by raising taxes and you do it with growth," William said.

William realizes his taxes will increase under the new plan, but says he's willing to bite the bullet for the sake of growing his hometown. 

"I was driving the other morning in I saw a lot of people from Harris County coming in and that's a lot of money going out of the window," William said. 

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson says the current tax system or welcome stranger tax, as she calls it, doesn't allow the city to collect money from newcomers and suppresses the city's economic growth. 

Under the new plan, Tomlinson is proposing a $20,000 tax break every year for homeowners who buy a home after January 1, 2017. 

The current homeowners will continue receiving a $13,500 exemption on the value of their home.  

Councilor Bruce Huff, Gray Allen and Judy Thomas voted against putting the issue on the ballot. 

"I feel that we could lose the entire tax freeze if something is challenged under two tax systems," Bruce said. 

If the voters say yes, the new proposed tax system would not go into effect until 2018. 

So far, there is no word on when state lawmakers will make a final decision.  

Copyright WTVM 2015. All rights reserved.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Columbus residents react to federal government shutdown

    Columbus residents react to federal government shutdown

    Monday, January 22 2018 6:29 AM EST2018-01-22 11:29:15 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    The federal government shutdown is in its second day, and both sides are refusing to stand down ahead of the Senate vote on Monday. 

    More >>

    The federal government shutdown is in its second day, and both sides are refusing to stand down ahead of the Senate vote on Monday. 

    More >>
  • Family honors cold case victim 20 years after her death

    Family honors cold case victim 20 years after her death

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:43 PM EST2018-01-21 20:43:56 GMT
    (Source: Family)(Source: Family)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a murder case gone cold for 20 years. Columbus Police Department investigators said they're still working to find out who shot and killed 37-year-old Laura Mae Chaney in 1998.   Chaney's body was discovered early morning on Jan. 4 - her body, riddled with bullets outside an apartment in what was then called Peabody Apartments off Talbotton Road. The neighborhood has since been remodeled and named Ashley Station. CPD...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a murder case gone cold for 20 years. Columbus Police Department investigators said they're still working to find out who shot and killed 37-year-old Laura Mae Chaney in 1998.   Chaney's body was discovered early morning on Jan. 4 - her body, riddled with bullets outside an apartment in what was then called Peabody Apartments off Talbotton Road. The neighborhood has since been remodeled and named Ashley Station. CPD...More >>
  • Winners drawn in Heart Raffle at Mercedes-Benz fundraiser

    Winners drawn in Heart Raffle at Mercedes-Benz fundraiser

    Sunday, January 21 2018 3:10 PM EST2018-01-21 20:10:26 GMT
    (Source: Tony Sloan/WTVM)(Source: Tony Sloan/WTVM)
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a lucky day for two people in the Columbus area who won the 2018 Heart Raffle. It's the 15th year of the event and representatives of Mercedes Benz says that this year's raffle is its biggest yet. "To date, we've raised over six-hundred thousand for the Heart Association. It's the fifteenth year we've done this and the most successful year. We sold 2,515 tickets which is all that we have to offer," says Mercedes of Columbus GM Richard Joyner...More >>
    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – It's a lucky day for two people in the Columbus area who won the 2018 Heart Raffle. It's the 15th year of the event and representatives of Mercedes Benz says that this year's raffle is its biggest yet. "To date, we've raised over six-hundred thousand for the Heart Association. It's the fifteenth year we've done this and the most successful year. We sold 2,515 tickets which is all that we have to offer," says Mercedes of Columbus GM Richard Joyner...More >>
Powered by Frankly