I Dexter White am filing a formal appeal concerning the tax assessment of my property in Albany, Ga. Your office states that my ad valorem tax bill for this year will be $4,162.07. In your letter, you stated that the reasons for this change was due to C2 – Value adjustment for one-year Arm’s Length Transaction Cap and SB – Senate Bill 346 change. The current change to SB-346 states, “A bill to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to landlord and tenant generally, so as to prohibit retaliation by a landlord against a tenant for taking certain actions; to provide for circumstances that are not considered retaliation; to provide for remedies; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.” This change was signed by the governor April, 4, 2019 and goes into effect July 1, 2019. As a homeowner, how does this bill affect me, when it only deals with rental property?

Below are my concerns on how your office developed the amount for taxes:

1. The median household income for the city of Albany is $31,843 compared to the city of Atlanta at $57,597. Why are we paying more in property taxes than Atlanta, when their property tax is $2,860 for a home worth $250,000 with an average tax rate of 1.144 percent and the city of Albany tax rate is 1.332 percent?

2. The median household income for the city of Columbus is $43,239, and their property tax for a $250,000 home is $1,890 with a tax rate of .756 percent. Why are we paying more than the city of Columbus?

3. The median household income for the city of Savannah is $56,610, and their property tax for a $250,000 home is $2,320 with a tax rate of .928 percent. Why are we paying more than the city of Savannah?

As you can see with my above concerns as a taxpayer and resident of Dougherty County, we are paying almost double in property taxes what cities that have a higher median income than we do. The residents of city of Albany and Dougherty County request a legal and mathematical reason on how this is possible. Also, we request to see records of where our tax money is being applied with proof. This letter will be forwarded to senior politicians that represent our city to answer my questions.

Dexter White

Albany

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