In a surprise move, the interim county manager recommended the creation of a new fee, calling it the hospital authority fund, with a millage rate of 1.56 mills.
“Whether this new funding source is called a fee or a tax, it is undisputed that this will generate between $50 and $60 million dollars in additional revenue to Fulton County,” said Hausmann. “I could support the new hospital authority fund if the plan included lowering the current proposed general fund millage rate commensurate with this increase in order for complete transparency on Fulton County’s support of Grady Hospital. But I will not support any addition to the tax burden of our Fulton County property owners.”
Upon staff recommendations, the board then voted to advertise a 2013 general fund millage rate of 10.211 mills, a bond fund millage rate of 0.27 mills and a rate of 1.56 mills for the new hospital authority fund.
While Fulton County’s current general fund millage rate is 10.281 mills, and the current bond rate is 0.27 mills, for a total of 10.551, the proposed 2013 general fund rate of 10.211 mills is lower than the current rate.
However, when it is added to the 1.56 mill rate for the new hospital authority fund and the 0.27 mill rate for the bond fund, the total adds up to 12.041.
In addition, the board voted to advertise a proposed south Fulton tax district millage rate of 12.469 mills, an increase of 2 mills.
“Simply put,” said Hausmann, “what is irrefutable is that if the new millage rate goes into effect, every Fulton County homeowner will have their property taxes go up.
“I do not support raising the millage rate in Fulton County, whether that be in the north or the south.
“I have been consistent in my record to oppose tax increases while opportunities for a reduction in expenses and a more disciplined fiscal approach remain.”
The public is invited to a public hearing on July 17 at 10 a.m. in assembly hall of the Fulton County Government Center.
The board must take final action at the July 17 meeting.