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2010 City Property Taxes

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Fri Sep 03 2010, 06:57am
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Assume you are in a car 60 miles from the ledge of the Grand Canyon. You are driving straight towards the ledge at a constant speed of 60 MPH. How long will it take you before you drive over the ledge and get smashed on the rocks below?

Did you answer one hour? Sixty minutes may be the correct mathematical answer, but it is not the real answer. Who would really drive over the ledge? Unless you were suicidal, long before you ever reached the edge of the canyon, you would turn the steering wheel or hit the brakes.

But not Mountain Park. City council has set the property tax rate for 2010 at the same astronomical rate it has been for the last 4 years. The inability to manage the city's finances, combined with an unwillingness to manage the lawsuit, has left the citizens helpless and powerless in a car driven by the mayor and council screaming toward the edge of the cliff.

City Leaders: Julia is no longer driving the car and you should have thrown Claire Johnson off the gravy train a long time ago. Apply the brakes before it is too late and the city becomes a candidate for the Darwin Award.

[The Darwin Awards: A Chronicle of Enterprising Demises is a tongue-in-cheek honor named after evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin. Awards have been given for people who "do a service to Humanity by removing themselves from the gene pool" (i.e., lose the ability to reproduce either by death or sterilization in an idiotic fashion).]
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Fri Sep 03 2010, 02:31pm
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The mayor; council; and overpaid accounting clerk chose to duck and run again. Hey, why not? It worked well for Julia and I guess McLaughlin would rather stick it to us than stick up for us. Where is Douds? He sold himself as a fiscal whizbang but he just goes along with the public skewering.

The mayor/council "cleverly" opted to keep the high tax rate in place. At least they are chicken enough to do that as opposed to raise the rate, which would have subjected them to a round of three unpleasant and revealing public hearings.

The leadership void is glaring and destructive. Viva La Lawsuit.
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Fri Sep 03 2010, 04:44pm
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TaxedEnough: unfortunately, your post brings to mind Mountain Park's own version of Thelma and Louise (a/k/a Julia and Claire). Too funny and very sad at the same time.
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Tue Sep 07 2010, 03:43pm

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This chat posting has been moved to the Forum, the correct place for an opinion. (Also FYI: Chat posts are deleted within a week or so unless the announcment is useful to residents, such as temporary pool hours. Forum posts encourage discussion and become part of the long term mpl history.)

By JH in the Chatbox:
Sep 03 : 10:33
Congratulations to Mayor Still and the Council. They successfully stuck it to the taxpayer again.

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Tue Sep 07 2010, 04:01pm
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Tue Feb 22 2011, 03:04pm
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I received this from an email from Senator Chip Rogers and thought I'd pass it along to the rest of the residents...Please note this is time sensitive.


Lower Your Property Tax

Property Tax Bill

Your Assessed Value is Likely too High

Your property tax is legally based on your home's fair market value, as determined periodically by the county Tax Assessor. With the current economic downturn the market value of many homes has fallen; in some cases, substantially. Because counties are not required to re-assess homes annually, the valuation assigned to your home may not reflect the current market.

Is Your Home Over-Valued? For the most part, current market value of your home is reflected in the price at which homes comparable to yours have been recently selling. If the tax assessor's fair market value is clearly greater than what you believe your home's actual value to be, you may act to update your valuation.

Updating Your Tax Valuation Changing your home's tax value begins with filing a Real Property Tax Return indicating what you believe the value of your home to be. Filing a Real Property Return is not an appeal, it simply triggers a re-assessment of your property. After the Tax Assessor has reviewed your proposed valuation and determined what, if any value adjustment to make, a Notice of Assessment will be mailed to you reflecting any changes in the county's valuation. If you are satisfied with the re-assessed value, no further action on your part is required and your 2010 taxes will be based on the new valuation. Value issues are often resolved by the Assessor accepting the value indicated on the Tax Return, or by an acceptable property re-assessment.

Appealing Your Tax Valuation If you disagree with the value indicated in your Notice of Assessment, you will have the right to file an appeal. It is at this point that you will want to gather and submit evidence supporting what you believe the value of your property to be. Specific instruction (including deadlines) concerning the appeals process in your county will be included in the Notice of Assessment.

Forms and Deadlines

Cherokee County- File by April 1, 2011

Cherokee County Taxpayers Return of Real Property

Cobb County - File by April 1, 2011

Cobb County Taxpayers Return of Real Property

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Mon Mar 14 2011, 04:44pm
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Note: This is TIME SENSITIVE. If you decide to appeal your property tax valuation, you must first file a “Basic Homestead/Exemption Return Form” (front & back sometimes referred to as the “Taxpayer Return Form”). Find this document and instructions at the Fulton County Assessors website

Note that the form must be mailed via certified mail and post-marked between 1/1/11 – 4/1/11.

A couple of other links for Fulton county that I didn't have handy:



For further questions, call Fulton County Tax Assessor's office at 404-224-0102.
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Mon Mar 21 2011, 01:36pm
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ATLANTA (Thursday, March 18, 2011) - The Senate has unanimously passed Senate Bill 234 which continues reform of the assessment and appeal process for property taxes. The measure, sponsored by Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), further protects taxpayer rights to correct assessment errors and successfully appeal excessive property taxes.

"Georgia property owners deserve a tax system that works. We must continue to streamline the existing property tax system making it easier for property owners to appeal and ensuring that true fair market values are reflected in property assessments," said Rogers. "No Georgia property owner should ever be forced to pay a tax they do not owe."

Significant taxpayer friendly provisions include:

* Allows taxpayers to provide written notice to the local tax commissioner or collector regarding any factual errors. The errors must be corrected within 30 days of receipt of notice. A corrected tax bill due date will be 30 days from reissuance date with no penalties or interest due. If a property assessment is deemed wrong by the court, the country will be subject to reimburse the taxpayer litigation costs and attorneys fees.

* Annual notices of ad valorem assessment must also contain the all-capped phrase "SUBSTATIAL INCREASE" at the top of the notice if the value increased more than 10 percent in a single year and due to inflation. Any property owner who receives such an assessment may appeal directly to superior court.

* A member of the local board of equalization shall be removed if that member knowingly violates the oath of office, and they can only serve two consecutive three year terms.

* Requires tax assessors to forward value determinations to the tax commissioner. Taxpayers will recover costs and attorneys fees plus interest and penalties for any final valuation of the property in their favor.

* Streamlines arbitration process making it easier and fairer for the tax payer.
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