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Dougherty property tax increase expected

Albany-Dougherty Government center (Source: WALB)
Albany-Dougherty Government center (Source: WALB)
Published: Jul. 19, 2021 at 12:57 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The Dougherty County Board of Commissioners announced its intention Monday to increase the property taxes it will levy this year by .35 percent over the rollback millage rate for the Countywide District.

The county also announced its plan to levy .30 percent over the rollback millage rate for the special services district-unincorporated.

Each year, the Board of Tax Assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the county indicates there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the Board of Tax Assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment. This is called a reassessment.

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 occurred.

The budget tentatively adopted by the Dougherty County Board of Commissioners requires that a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate, therefore, before the Dougherty County Board of Commissioners may finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, three public hearings must be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.

This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 15.569 mills, an increase of .055 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 15.514. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $2.09 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $150,000 is approximately $3.30.

The millage rate will require an increase in property taxes by .30 % for the Special Services District-Unincorporated Tax Digest. This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 9.173 mills, an increase of .027 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 9.146. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $1.03 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $150,000 is approximately $1.62.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Government Center at 222 Pine Avenue, on the following dates:

  • Monday, August 9, 2021, at 10 a.m. in Room 100
  • Monday, August 9, 2021, at 6 p.m. in Room 100
  • Monday, August 16, 2021, at 10 a.m. in Room 100

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