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Pickens Seniors for Change working to cut property taxes for seniors

By Lee Williamson

The Pickens Seniors for Change will meet to discuss property tax exemptions for senior homeowners at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 in the Cherokee/Pickens Room of the Chattahoochee Tech Campus.

The purpose of this meeting is to acquaint people with the Pickens Seniors for Change organization and to understand its goal: to accomplish a “meaningful” property tax exemption for senior homeowners.

At present, Pickens County only allows exemption from school taxes if a homeowner’s gross household income is under $25,000. And, that includes social security and retirement income, and income of anyone else in the household, not just the homeowner. Since the exemption has no C.O.L.A. (cost of living adjustment) built in, it is not a very accommodating tax exemption.

Another purpose of the meeting is to update homeowners on recent accomplishments, and what still needs to be done to achieve our goal.

Various examples of tax exemption plans will be presented for approval and discussion, hopefully and harmoniously resulting in a permanent legal plan to present to the school board, the county commissioners, and ultimately to either State Senator Steve Gooch or Rep. Rick Jasperse.

Copies of the Georgia Code will be presented and explained in reference to tax exemptions. Copies of some of the other counties surrounding Pickens (that have senior tax exemptions) will be available for attendees, with explanations offered and discussed, if necessary.

The floor will be open for anyone who would like to speak. After all, we’re in this together.

The three county commissioners have been invited, along with the chair and vice-chair of the school board, and Senators Payne and Gooch. So far, we have only received affirmation of Senator Payne’s attendance…but it’s still early.

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