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Commission to vote on rollback millage rate
by Bill Baldowski
July 23, 2014 03:18 PM | 2438 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Douglas County taxpayers may see a slight decrease on their 2014 county tax bills if the Douglas County Commission approves a property tax rate rollback as proposed.

However, the county school board is considering keeping the current tax rate on its part of the tax bill and is set to hear from the public about it Monday.

The county commission will conduct a special called meeting Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Citizen’s Hall of the Douglas County Courthouse to vote on adopting a millage rate rollback from 12.25 to 12.153 mills.

The proposed rate decrease is in proportion to the growth of the county’s 2014 property tax digest, said county spokesman Wes Tallon.

When property values rise, the amount of tax collected will increases. A millage rate to bring the same amount of property tax revenue as the year before is the “rollback” rate.

Tallon said the reduction in the millage rate may result in a tax savings of about $3.30 on an unincorporated county property valued at $100,000 if its value did not rise.

In addition the Douglas County municipalities of Douglasville, Villa Rica and Austell will set their own municipal millage rates which are separate from the county millage rate, Tallon said.

Douglas County District 4 Commissioner Ann Jones Guider said she believes commissioners will approve the rollback rate.

“However, we can never be sure what is going to happen until the vote is actually taken,” she said.

Guider said property values seem to increase each time tax assessors evaluate values within the county.

“This rollback is a question we will be facing each year so we will take it year by year,” Guider said.

District 2 Commissioner Kelly Robinson said he is undecided on his vote and is anxious to receive input from the public.

He said the commission set a fiscal course two years ago which included improving the county’s roads and bridges.

“I am in a position to [keep the current rate] until we finish the process of improving our infrastructure.”

“I want to hear from the public on this to see if they feel we have completed this infrastructure improvement process and see if the public feels this is the right time for this adjustment,” Robinson said.

Meanwhile, Douglas County School System Chief Financial Officer Greg Denney said his office is recommending the school board leave the school millage rate at its current 19.85 mills rather than the rollback rate of 19.613.

The board will have its final public hearing on the millage rate Monday at noon at the school system board office at 9030 Hwy. 5.

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