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Warner Robins is proposing a property tax increase. Here’s how to make your voice heard

Attorney explains how to appeal your property tax assessment in Georgia

Columbua, Ga., attorney Travis Hargrove with The Finley Firm explains the steps property owners can take to appeal their property value reassessments.
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Columbua, Ga., attorney Travis Hargrove with The Finley Firm explains the steps property owners can take to appeal their property value reassessments.

The Warner Robins City Council is raising property taxes, although the millage rate is staying the same.

The state requires that when a local government sees revenue gains from reassessment of property values, it must roll back the millage rate accordingly or announce it as a tax increase. The city plans to keep the millage rate at 9.98 mills, but that is 3.59% over the rollback rate, according to a release sent by Mayor Randy Toms on Monday.

One mill equals $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Whether or not a property owner will actually pay more in taxes will depend on whether their assessment increased.

Three public hearings on the proposed tax increase in Warner Robins will held at City Hall, 700 Watson Blvd., at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 26 and at noon Sept. 3.

The Houston County Commission and Houston County Board of Education have both taken the same action. Both left the millage rate the same as last year but had to hold public hearings announcing a tax increase over the rollback rate.

Wayne Crenshaw has worked as a journalist since 1990 and has been a reporter for The Telegraph since 2002. He holds a bachelor’s degree in print journalism from Georgia College and is a resident of Warner Robins.
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