But Reginald Hall isn't buying that argument. He and his family own three properties on more than seven acres of property on the island.
The assessed "fair market value" of their property went from $176,075 in 2011 to $910,333 in 2012. That brought on increase of more than 500 percent in property taxes. He is refusing to pay the taxes and he refuses to sell his family land, which he says is worth over $3 million.
"Once you leave, you are separated from more family members ... which is a real interruption in the generational teachings on this island of the culture," he said.
"We leave, and we're gone. Can't come back, because if we try to come back after we sell, you can't afford to buy," he told CNN.
Cornelia Bailey said her land may be worth about $384,000, but in reality it is priceless.
"I told one guy it was priceless, and he said everything has a price, and I said, you don't know me, this is priceless. You don't have enough money to buy it, so forget it," she said.
"We have a legacy that most people would die to have. We're fighting to keep it even for the unborn."