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Councilmember Claxton rips tax assessors, chief appraiser

An erroneous tax notice had Barnesville city councilwoman Anne Claxton up in arms at the July 9 tax assessor’s board meeting. Claxton received notice May 21 of a 2009 assessment for a home she owns at 537 Thomaston St. It added $120,335 in value to the house, raising the assessment from $297,610 to $417,945. ”I’ve never disputed my taxes and I want to pay my fair share,” she said. “All I want is my business to be corrected.” Told the assessors office has a skeleton crew, she challenged board members to pitch in and help. ”For $50 a month, I won’t be working eight hours a day five days a week,” said chairwoman Lisa Dziedzic. ”You have to show due diligence to correct it,” Claxton said. “I could have been told a mistake had been made. I’m not that hard to find.” After the meeting she told The Herald-Gazette Mayo said nothing had been done to notify the public of the erroneous notices. ”The only ones to be corrected are the ones who come to or call her office,” Claxton said. “One has to wonder how many citizens will pay a higher tax bill in 2009 because no inquiry was made. (Mayo) violated state law when she didn’t notify the public that erroneous tax notices were mailed.”

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