public hearings to allow for public input
The Forsyth County Board
of Commissioners today announces its intention to maintain the county’s
Maintenance & Operating and Fire millage rates currently in place with no
change. Due to the growth in the tax digest, Maintenance & Operating
property taxes levied by the County this year will increase by a net 2.07% over
the rollback millage rate.
The proposed county
Maintenance & Operations rate remains unchanged at 4.791 mills. The
proposed Fire rate remains unchanged at 2.175 mills. The proposed Bond rate
will be reduced to 0.930 mills, a 4.1% decrease. These rates will fund the
county’s 2021 general operating budget, which is currently in the preliminary
stages of development. Forsyth County continues to have millage rates among the
lowest in metro Atlanta.
A growth of 4.67% in
Forsyth County’s tax digest means that, while the county is maintaining the
same millage rates with no change, the anticipated total collections will
increase. Of the 4.67% growth, 2.55% is due to new construction in 2019 and the
remaining 2.12% comes from increased values from reassessments.
Any change in an
individual tax bill will depend upon the change in assessed valuation for that
property, and the value of any Homestead Exemption, which may also change with
the assessed value.
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 2021
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 and encouraged to attend the public hearings:
July 9 at 11 a.m.
July 9 at 5 p.m.
July 23 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 6:30
p.m. on July 23 as part of the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting.
These public hearings shall be both in person, with a quorum of the Board physically assembled, and via teleconference pursuant to O.C.G.A. 50-14-1(g). The public may physically attend these meetings. However due to COVID 19 concerns, remote viewing and participation is encouraged. Information for remote viewing and participation will be made available in the banner section of www.forsythco.com prior to the meetings.
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Current 2020 Tax Digest and 5 Year History of Levy