Story of the year:

Tax revolt throws governments for a loop

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Thousands of Fulton County residents turned out for public meetings in May to wage war against revised property assessments that increased home values by as much as 50 percent for a quarter of the homeowners.

In a series of public forums, which included county, city and state leaders, residents complained not only of spikes in their property values but inaccurate descriptions of the homes they owned.

In response to the public outcry, Fulton County Commissioners voted June 21 to rescind the 2017 property tax appraisals established by the Board of Appraisers and place home values back to their 2016 levels.

“Today’s vote was not just a monetary or fiscal matter, it was a moral issue,” Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves said. “What we did today was vote to keep seniors from losing their homes; people from having to choose between paying for medicine or tax bills.”

The squabble over assessments delayed the county from establishing a final property digest until late summer. That left cities and the Fulton County School District unable to calculate property taxes on homes until fall. As a result, property tax bills were delayed, leaving some local governments with cash flow problems.

Some cities, like Roswell and Alpharetta that had approved their 2018 budgets before July, had to recalculate their anticipated revenues from property taxes and adjust their spending plans accordingly.

Here are the articles that follow the story from the beginning:

Fulton property assessments have homeowners reeling

Eaves declares property assessments 'invalid'

Crowd vents outrage over property reappraisals

Another fine mess for Fulton County

School board wades into tax assessment battle

Hausmann: 'The system is broken

Fulton leaders move to rescind county property appraisals

Fulton reassessments out of control

Let's have an honest conversation about property tax assessments

Fulton County Commissions freezes property taxes

Fulton County settles appraisal issue - for now

Delayed tax bills push Fulton Schools

Fulton County reduces 2017 millage rate

Homeowners may see dip in property taxes

Delays anticipated mailing city property tax bills

State rejects Fulton County's tax digest

Judge grants Fulton School's request for tax intervention


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