public hearings to allow for public input
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. The Bond Rate is advertised to be reduced. Due to growth in the tax digest, Maintenance
& Operating property taxes levied by the County this year will increase by
a net 4.46% over the rollback millage rate.
The proposed county
Maintenance & Operations rate remains unchanged at 4.642 mills. The
proposed Fire rate remains unchanged at 1.975 mills. The proposed Bond rate will
be reduced one tenth of a mill to 1.319 mills. These rates will fund the
county’s 2019 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 8.02% 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 8.02% growth, new construction in 2017 has added 3.41% to the
tax digest. The remaining 4.61% comes from increased values from reassessments.
Any change in an
individual tax bill will depend upon the change in assessed valuation for that
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 2019 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 5 at 11 a.m.
July 5 at 5 p.m.
July 19 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
19 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting.
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Current 2018 Tax Digest and 5 Year History of Levy