Island community of slave descendents fights property tax increase

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A community of slave decedents on Georgia’s Sapelo Island are in danger of dissolving with a property tax hike that could force them to move.

OUR COMMON GROUND Omnibus‘s insight:

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. 

But residents say they aren’t getting the same government services to reflect that tax hike. The island hasn’t had a school since 1978 and residents must bring their own trash to the dump instead of having a collection service.

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