Property Tax Freeze Debate (Columbus)

On Saturday, October 15, Southern Anti-Racism Network (SARN) invites all community members to hear both sides of the property tax freeze debate. Event will take place at Columbus Public Library, 3000 Macon Road, Auditorium, 4:30-6:00pm.

The question on the November 8 ballot will read: “Shall the Act be approved which eliminates the current base year assessed value homestead exemption for purposes of Muscogee County school and consolidated city-county government ad valorem taxes for homestead property acquired after January 1, 2017.”

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Cedric Hill will represent the “Thaw the Freeze” position in support of the question on the ballot for the November 8 election.

Representatives of “Citizens to Keep the Freeze”, “Naw to the Thaw” and others organizing a “Vote No” effort to defeat the question on the November 8 ballot have so far declined the invitation to participate in the October 15 debate.

If there is no response by October 14 (from opposition groups or individuals) to the invitation to participate in the debate, up to four attendees at the October 15 event (in opposition to the ballot question) will be given the opportunity to participate on stage in the debate.

Questions will be submitted to the moderator on index cards. Equal time limits for both positions to respond to questions about the property tax freeze amendment will be established.

Moderator: Eddie White, former Vice-President of AFGE Local 1987, AFL-CIO, resident of Macon GA

For more information: Theresa El-Amin, or 919-824-0659 mobile.