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DARIEN, Ga. (AP) -- A tiny community descended from slaves on Georgia's Sapelo Island is again fighting local officials over property assessments that resulted in huge tax hikes.

Residents and landowners of the small Hog Hammock community say they could be taxed out of their homes and forced to sell their family land. They waged a second round of appeals Monday with the McIntosh County Board of Equalization, which in January ordered assessors to recalculate land values on the island. Appraisals remained well above values from two years ago.

Julius and Cornelia Bailey saw the acre property on which they have their home, a convenience store and an inn jump from $220,285 in 2011 to $327,063.

Hog Hammock is one of the last Gullah-Geechee communities of slave descendants remaining on the southeast coast.

Associated Press

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