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Taylor sets millage rates for Bartow County
by Monica Burge
July 30, 2013 04:32 PM | 2425 views | 2 2 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Citizens across Bartow County were given the opportunity to weigh in on a proposed increase to the millage rates for incorporated and unincorporated potions of the county recently, giving voice to concerns about an increase in their property taxes.

And in a decision that was “not an easy thing to do,” Commissioner Steve Taylor approved setting the tax levy which increased in property taxes by 25.2 percent for unincorporated Bartow County and 21.2 percent for incorporated Bartow County.

“It’s not an easy thing to do, but it’s something we had to do,” Taylor said at a meeting July 24. “This is the only source of funding we have.”

The increase will result in a millage rate of 9.68 mills for unincorporated areas, an increase of 1.95mills.

This increase for a home with a fair market value of

$125,000 is about $97.50 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $275,000 is about $214.50.

For those living in incorporated areas of the county, the increase will result in a millage rate of 10.97 mills, an increase of 1.92 mills.

The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $125,000 is about $96 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with fair market value of $275,000 is about $211.20.

Taylor said the new rate is “the least amount that we can set it” and that “after a lot of thinking” by him and his staff the increase was only option.

Taylor said that he has heard plenty from the community regarding the increase but with the county continuing to struggle, this presented the best option.

Probate court judge Mitchell Scoggins said all county departments are operating on a “bare-bones” budget that has required adjustments from his staff over the past five years.

“We are all doing all we can to cut the budget,” Scoggins said.

“Unfunded mandates” continue to be a challenge for the probate court and others such as the sheriff’s office.

Sheriff Clark Millsap said Taylor has had to make some “tough decisions” that should be applauded.

Millsap said his department has gone without new vehicles since 2008 and some deputies are out on patrols in cruisers with more than 200,000 miles.

Taylor said his decision to increase the millage rate came after evaluating the county’s budget and he believes it has been stretched to its limit.

“Don’t think there’s a department that has been overlooked,” Taylor said.

Taylor said he understands the concerns of citizens but county staff has carried much of the burden of budget cuts over the years.

“Our millage rate has been kept low on the county employees’ backs,” Taylor said.

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Don Gilbert
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May 29, 2014
Thanks Bartow County Georgia Governing Authorities, you have shown just how much you feel for "We" the Bartow County property owners.

I've received my "Annual Notice of Tax Assessment" and yes, yes, yes, you have increased my property tax by a huge 31.4%.



You went up on my home's "Fair Market Value" by 11%, that's bad enough, so how is it my "2014 Total Estimated Taxes" went up 31.4%?

They 'The Courthouse Bunch' tinker with the "Tax Millage Rate". Although our School Millage Rate stayed the same our County Tax Millage Rate went up a whopping 25.2%...So, even if we go through the "Appeal" process and come out with a lower tax assessment the total amount of tax we pay will still go up, and good luck with the appeal process.

A few hundred dollars annually is not much for a man with deep pockets such as Steve Taylor, however; a great number of us live on fixed incomes and a 31% tax increase,on our homes,is just more than we can stand.



Remember Commissioner Steve Taylor, we voted you in and we surely will vote you out.

John Cook
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July 30, 2013
Everyone in favor of this hike are those most likely to gain from it. Every single person that will be forced to pay this increase was opposed to it. When the local media only uses quotes from the county attorney or county employees who stand to gain from this unfair increase, that doesn't give a true balance of opinions or a fair representation of the issue at all. Who outside of county government has had access to ensure that the current taxes are being used appropriately? Who outside of those that stand to gain have stepped up and said this increase is necessary and justified?
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