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State House approves Columbus vote on property tax freeze

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - There were new developments in the fight over your property taxes at Tuesday's Columbus City Council meeting and at the state capitol.

Several residents expressed concern about a proposal to thaw the property tax assessment freeze, going face-to-face with Fountain City leaders Tuesday morning.

Some called it an unconstitutional slap in the face of Columbus voters, wondering why they couldn't vote on sending it to the Georgia assembly.

Around the same time, the state House of Representatives unanimously approved putting this measure on the November ballot.

If voters say Yes, it would keep this so-called "freeze" in place for all existing homestead properties that currently have frozen property tax assessment as long as they own it.

Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, hoping to thaw the tax freeze, says she's glad this is moving forward after two years of public forums.

"I've been perplexed as to why people are fighting so hard to keep this out of the citizens' decision-making realm. I think this really is their choice to make about what tax system governs their lives, and so we need it on the ballot,” Mayor Tomlinson said.

All five state representatives from Columbus voted in favor of the bill. It still must be passed by the Georgia Senate and signed by the Governor, then it would be placed on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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