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A taxing problem: Fannin Co. properties massively undervalued, review finds

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Fannin County (Times Free Press) - For $2.2 million, you can buy a 5,500-square-foot log home in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Blue Ridge, Ga., that has “views to die for,” “massive stone fireplaces” and decorative bears carved right into its log beams.

One fact the real estate listing doesn’t mention: No one’s ever paid property taxes on the house, because the 2.2-acre parcel is recorded on Fannin County tax rolls as unimproved land worth $52,000.

Roughly $100,000 in property taxes has gone uncharged on the log mansion since its construction in 2008, and that’s one reason all three members of the Board of Tax Assessors in Fannin County were removed from office Tuesday night by unanimous vote of the county commissioners. New assessors were sworn in Thursday.

“It’s quite a mess,” County Commissioner Earl Johnson said. “We had a hearing last week. A judge cleared the way to remove them.”

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