Sapelo Island residents — descendants of slaves who’ve lived in their historic Georgia homes for generations — are fuming, saying the government has hiked their property taxes to ungodly levels in recent months, in some cases by as much as 600 percent.
One property was just reassessed from $176,075 in 2011 to $910,333 a year later — bringing on a 500 percent tax hike, CNN reported.
Only about 50 people live on the island, located off Georgia’s coast near Savannah. But all are descendants of slaves and they’re among the last of their kind, the Gullah-Geechee people, and they’re now in a massive legal brouhaha to stay in their homes, CNN reported.
“Sapelo [is] the only intact Gullah-Geechee community in the country that’s left, that is a part of history,” said Charles Hall, 79, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel who has lived in his Sapelo Island home since birth, CNN reported. “It will be a shame not to preserve it.”
McIntosh County just recently reappraised the homes on the island — leaving some with triple-digit tax hikes that may force them to sell, CNN said. County attorney Adam Poppell said the properties have been undervalued for years, and the recent appraisal is only bringing the homes in line with current market value.
Don’t let the MSM censor your news as America becomes Great Again. Over 500,000 Americans receive our daily dose of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness along with Breaking News direct to their inbox—and you can too. Sign up to receive news and views from The 1776Coalition!
We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.