COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Some Columbus City Council members are saying they are hearing taxpayers still have issues with assessments on property values. Numerous taxpayers bills nearly doubling, some council members say the burden is having to take the time to file an appeal of the new assessments.
Tax accessors office looking at all 70,000 parcels this year for the first time in many years and giving them brand new assessment value, a new software from Tyler Technologies was used to determine those assessments.
"The process of the new system is being dumped on the back of the taxpayers," says District 6 Councilor Gary Allen. Council members calling on the state to help with the issue. "Based on the information I've received there's a conflict so I think we do need clarification on the options this body does have from an authority stand point and to send a resolution to the tax comission, Department of Revenue... it's appropriate," says District 2 Councilor Glenn Davis. The tax accessors office was answering questions at city council by saying there is not a "glitch" in the system and they are sticking with their solution for taxpayers to appeal if they feel their assessment is unfair.
The deadline to pay your property tax this year is December 1. If you are still in the process of appeal you will still have to pay 85 percent of the new assessment value.