Assessing agenda of each appraisal

A 12 percent increase in home values in Fayette County? Let’s look at the facts regarding home valuations. Each and every appraisal/valuation is subject to the purpose for which it is being done. In the past many appraisals were done to reap the highest value possible for the buyers, lenders, mortgage companies, etc. This practice […]

Fayette’s tax burden pressures residents to move elsewhere

Last year’s assessment at “fair market value” — $527,400. This year’s assessment at “fair market value” — $589,600. Percentage increase: 11.8%. Total tax burden: $6934.18. The total increase in assessment over the last two years comes to just over $100,000 with absolutely no capital improvement on the property. While one should be pleased that someone, […]

Cutting the cords on CNN

I’m completely fed up with the press. I’m especially disheartened and ashamed of CNN. It took me a few months to come to the conclusion I had to make a break with CNN. Like dealing with a “bad” life-partner, it takes a while to accept what’s going on and understand you have to make a […]

Fake news and false views: Look leftward also

This letter is in response to Timothy J. Parker’s article in last Wednesday’s paper. He claims that conservative beliefs are built on falsehoods. As a conservative and an evangelical, I have to say that there are many liberal views that are built on fake news and lies. Timothy states that charges have never been substantiated […]

Thanks for funding research for Alzheimer’s

This year, the annual cost of caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will reach $259 billion, $175 billion of which comes in direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid. Yet in 2016, for every $100 the U.S. government spent on Alzheimer’s research, $16,000 was spent by Medicare and Medicaid to care for those […]

How much did your assessment increase over last year?

How much did your assessment increase over last year?

With tax assessment notices having been mailed recently, many Fayette residential property owners are seeing double-digit percentage increases in their home values. The Citizen editor, Cal Beverly, got a 20 percent increase in assessed value of his Peachtree City home in one year, which followed a 16 percent increase last year. How about you? Email […]

Imker plans to reduce tax rate

I am running for mayor of Peachtree City. The following are some of my goals for the next four years: 1. Reduce the tax rate by at least one mill. Given recent fair market value increases, property taxes need to be lowered by at least 1 mill. The recently passed SPLOST has more than enough […]

A letter to a dead addict

In November of 2013, we lost our beautiful niece Sadie, age 19, to a heroin overdose. She was a cheerleader, on the dean’s list and graduated with honors. No one knew she was on heroin. She hid it well. Just a few days ago, we lost another dear friend to an overdose of heroin and […]

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