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Forsyth Public Hearings Set For Proposed Property Tax Increase

The county says any change in an individual tax bill will depend upon the change in assessed valuation for that property.

Forsyth Public Hearings Set For Proposed Property Tax Increase
Staff Report

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners has announced its intention to maintain the county’s millage rate currently in place with no change and, due to the growth in the tax digest, increase the property taxes it will levy this year by 1.76 percent over the rollback millage rate.

A growth of 5.2 percent in Forsyth County’s tax digest means that, while the county is maintaining the same millage rate with no change, the anticipated total collections will increase. Of the 5.2 percent growth, new construction in 2013 has added 3.4 percent to the tax digest. The remaining 1.8 percent comes from increased values from reassessments.

Any change in an individual tax bill will depend upon the change in assessed valuation for that property.

When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments or growth occurred.

The preliminary budget presented to the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is based on a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate, therefore, before the Board of Commissioners may set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.

All concerned citizens are invited to attend the public hearings:

  • Thursday, July 3 at 11 a.m.

  • Thursday, July 3 at 5 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 17 at 6 p.m

All three public hearings will be held at the Forsyth County Administration Building located at 110 E. Main Street, Suite 220, in Cumming. Adoption of the millage rate is slated for July 17, at 7 p.m.

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