DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A quirk in state law is requiring the Dougherty County School System to say they're raising residents taxes, when they're not.
Since the total value of the county's real estate increased over the last year, the state requires the system to roll back its millage rate or advertise a tax increase.
That's even though overall tax revenue is expected to go down because of a large decrease in tax revenue from motor vehicles.
"The millage rate is not changing, The millage rate is staying the same at 18.445 mills. It's been that rate since 2008. If the value of your property did not increase then your taxes will not increase," said Kenneth Dyer, the DCSS CFO and associate superintendent.
The board planned two hearings on Thursday about the millage rate, one was at 11:30 a.m. and the other was at 6 p.m.
"I don't think it's a cause for concern. If the millage rate has been rolled back based on that one section of the tax digest that went up, then it would make a 95 cent difference annually on a house that is valued at 100 thousand dollars," said Dyer.
Only one resident showed up at the first public hearing on the millage rate Thursday morning.
There will be a final hearing held on July 21.