Atlanta, others seek answers after Fulton tax assessment ‘sticker shock’

School boards, cities and state legislators are all hearing from angry Fulton County residents, upset over stark increases in their 2017 property assessments, which could lead to much higher tax bills.

Homeowners say the higher assessments could sometimes lead to a four-fold increase in what they have to pay.

Some have seen their tax bill double in just a year.

The Atlanta City Council passed a resolution Monday asking the county to delay the 2017 tax assessment digest. Sen. John Albers, R-Roswell, called a meeting of the State and Local Government Operations Committee later this month. He hopes to pass legislation in the next session calling for caps to the increases, which he called “unconscionable.”

Even the Atlanta Board of Education, which receives the lion’s share of the funding from property taxes, talked about the tax assessment.

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“I think the impact on us is going to be crazy,” school board member Nancy Meister said.

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