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Forsyth County Announces Property Tax Rates M&O, Fire Rates Increased, Bond Rate to be Reduced; Increase in Tax Dollars from Growth in Tax Digest

Threepublic hearings to allow for public input


The Forsyth County Boardof Commissioners announces its intention to increase the county’s Maintenance& Operating and Fire millage rates. The Bond Rate is advertised to bereduced. Due to the growth in the tax digest, Maintenance & Operatingproperty taxes levied by the County this year will increase by a net 7.42% overthe rollback millage rate.


The proposed county net Maintenance& Operations rate increased to 4.791 mills. The proposed Fire rate increasedto 2.175 mills. The proposed Bond rate will be reduced to 0.970 mills. Theserates will fund the county’s 2020 general operating budget, which is currentlyin the preliminary stages of development. Forsyth County continues to havemillage rates among the lowest in metro Atlanta.


A growth of 8.37% is the total growth over 2018 tax digest, which meansthe anticipated 2019 total collections will increase. Of the 8.37% growth, 4.11%is due to new construction in 2018 and the remaining 4.26% derives fromincreased values from reassessments.


Any change in anindividual tax bill will depend upon the change in assessed valuation for thatproperty, and the value of any Homestead Exemption, which may also change withthe assessed value.


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


The preliminary 2020 budgetpresented to the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is based on a millagerate higher than the rollback millage rate, therefore before the Board ofCommissioners may set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three publichearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express theiropinions on the increase.


All concerned citizensare invited and encouraged to attend the public hearings:

Thursday,July 11 at 11 a.m.

Thursday,July 11 at 5 p.m.

Thursday,July 18 at 6 p.m.


All three public hearingswill 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 July18 at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting. 

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Current 2019 Tax Digest and 5 Year History of Levy 

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