Press release: Proposed property tax increase

The Jackson County Board of Education today announces its intention to increase the 2017 property taxes it will levy this year by 2.24 percent over the rollback millage rate.

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 indicate 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 Jackson County Board of Education requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate.  Therefore, before the Jackson County Board of Education may finalize the tentative budget and 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.

This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 19.131 mills, an increase of .419 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 18.712 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $150,000.00 is approximately $25.14, and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $150,000.00 is also approximately $25.14.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Jackson County Board of Education Central Office, 1660 Winder Highway, Jefferson, Georgia, on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 6:00 PM; at the Jackson County Board of Education Central Office, 1660 Winder Highway, Jefferson, Georgia; on Friday, September 15, 2017, at 7:30 AM; and at the Jackson County Board of Education Central Office, 1660 Winder Highway, Jefferson, Georgia, on Friday, September 29, 2017, at 7:30 AM.

Updated Sept. 17, 2017