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City of Claxton owns 50 properties in Claxton & Evans County

How many different properties should a city own?

That answer may be relative, but in Claxton, some residents think the current number of 50 is too high for a town of ~2,400.

CLICK THIS LINK TO SEE ALL 50 PROPERTIES OWNED BY THE CITY OF CLAXTON.

Currently, there are 878 individual land parcels with a Claxton address that also have a tax account in Evans County. That means the City of Claxton owns about 6% of the total land.

The vast ownership comes into play when one considers that once the City owns a parcel of land, property taxes cannot be collected on that land. Essentially, by purchasing properties around the city and county, the City of Claxton is reducing the number of tax yielding properties.

In comparison, cities of comparable size do not own near the number of properties:

  • The City of Reidsville owns 13 parcels.
  • The City of Glennville, which is double the size of Claxton and Reidsville, owns 12 properties.
  • The City of Mount Vernon in Montgomery County owns 26 properties
  • The City of Statesboro owns just 34 properties with a population 7X the size and a square mileage total 13X that of Claxton.

So why is the City of Claxton acquiring so much property?

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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    David Hodges

    June 14, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    The city of Dalton owns at least 1% of Plant Hatch. I’d sure like to own 1% of a facility that makes a million dollars worth of electricity per day per unit.

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