Lawmakers: Senate will fix property tax freeze resolution

The rush of Crossover Day in the General Assembly pushed through a House resolution that would allow for the legislature to lift Columbus' property tax freeze — a clerical error that will soon be fixed, local lawmakers said.

House Resolution 1246, which passed the House late Tuesday and was sent to the Senate, would eliminate ad valorem taxes on automobiles and cap ad valorem taxes statewide. However, it also includes language that would allow the General Assembly to repeal a property tax freeze created by constitutional amendment without a vote of the people.

That wasn't the intent, said Rep. Carolyn Hugley, D-Columbus.

"It was just a drafting error," Hugley said. "This one has been revised a lot."