‘They’ll be forced off’: Georgia’s island community of slave descendents fight tax hikes of up to SIX HUNDRED per cent

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October 1, 2013

A tiny community descended from slaves on Georgia’s Sapelo Island is again fighting local officials over property assessments that resulted in huge tax increases.

Residents and landowners of the small Hog Hammock community say they could be taxed out of their homes and forced to sell their family land.

They waged a second round of appeals Monday with the McIntosh County Board of Equalization, which in January ordered assessors to recalculate land values on the island.

Appraisals remained well above values from two years ago.

County officials argue that property tax values have been kept artificially low in the past, and they are just trying to create a tax that reflects how much the land is worth.

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