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Public meetings on property tax rate continue in Dunwoody
by Christine Fonville
June 17, 2014 11:03 AM | 1302 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
During the second of three required public meetings — according to state law — the Dunwoody City Council said the intended property tax rate is 2.74.

Mayor Mike Davis said the rate did not mean the city was raising tax rates.

“Let me state for the record, this discussion is all about the fact that state law says when the tax digest or value of property in your city goes up, even though you haven’t raised your tax rate, that because the valuation went up, you have to have these public hearings,” he said.

“We have to have three of these meetings and we have to go forward and tell you we’re raising taxes when in reality we’re not, all we’re doing is acknowledging the tax digest went up.”

He said the city was about a year away from being at the tax digest it was at when Dunwoody became a city in 2008.

Councilman Denis Shortal said the property tax rate was needed to help pave streets and fix storm sewers.

“Realistically, the people of this city would much rather pay $28 bucks and have the streets paved and other things fixed without borrowing money, we already have the third lowest tax rates of any city in the tri-county area,” he said.

A third meeting to discuss the property tax rate before it is adopted is scheduled for June 18 at noon at Dunwoody City Hall, 41 Perimeter Center East.

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