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Columbus homeowners make final property tax increase appeal

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Monday was the final day for homeowners to file a property tax appeal.

There were long lines at the Columbus Citizens Services building all-day Monday.

The new 2017 assessment adding hundreds of dollars to many homeowners’ property taxes.

"I had to go up there and look at the house and see if the house changed. I was wondering what was going on, how in the world could the value go from $8,000 all the way up to $175,000," said Thaddius Hill, who is filing an appeal. "I don't understand why Columbus try to make it so much harder for people. People can barely take our taxes now. It's a shame that we have to go through this right here to try and get your taxes to go down."

In July, the Columbus Tax Assessors Office re-evaluated certain properties for the first time in years.

This reassessment adding hundreds of dollars to many home owners property taxes.

"My increase was $300. The air property next door to me, that increase was $300. So, it's systematical, an exponential increase that should not be taking place,” said Nadine Moore

“I had to go up there and look at the house and see if the house changed. I was wondering what was going on, how in the world could the value go from $8,000 all the way up to $175,000,” said Hill.

The Tax Assessors Office is sticking with the claim that there is "not a flaw" and property owners should appeal if they don't agree with their value.

"I want them to revert back to 20-16 taxes, and when they do that, make sure the system is equitable around the board with the property taxes," said Moore.

Homeowners have until the end of the day Monday to file an appeal. The Tax Assessment office closes at 7 p.m.

You can also mail your appeal paperwork to the office. Over 5,000 appeals have been filed. 

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