At least 6,900 taxpayers in Columbus have not paid their property taxes, officials said.
The total accounts for 15 percent of the 45,000 tax bills mailed out in August last year. All unpaid bills became delinquent after the Dec. 1 deadline. All bills are now subject to an 11 percent increase, a 10 percent penalty and 1 percent interest payment.
Tax Commissioner Lula Huff wasn't available for comment Friday morning.
Money from the property taxes are used to fund the city's $234.9 million budget. This year property owners were hit with paying the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant, a credit the state didn't fund because of a huge budget deficit. The credit cost Columbus taxpayers $8.7 million to fund the Columbus Consolidated Government and the Muscogee County School District.
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A property owner with a home valued at $100,000 paid $322.40 more in taxes without the tax credit for a total bill of $1,120.