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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Georgia law allows local governments to raise property taxes without giving notice to residents.

By Johnny Edwards and Patrick Fox

A quirk in a 12-year-old state law allows counties, cities and schools to raise property taxes without informing residents ahead of time --  and Fulton County is considering doing just that. Under Georgia's Taxpayer Bill of Rights, passed in better economic times, a board looking to take in the same revenues as the previous year can shrug off the normal procedure for raising taxes, though many homeowners would see bigger bills. The government is not required to advertise the increase. Instead of holding three public hearings, it can hold just one, right before the board votes. READ HERE

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