Tax increase public hearings coming to a governing body near you

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Countywide, taxes are going up — 

Aug. 15 will be one of the year’s busiest days for local governing officials.

Four governments — Fayette County, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Tyrone — all will hold one or two public hearings each on that day to prepare their citizens for coming tax increases.

The Fayette County Board of Education gets a day’s jump on them, scheduling two public hearings the day before on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Local governing bodies are scheduling hearings to allow state-mandated public input on coming tax increases. Here’s the schedule:

Fayette County Board of Education — The county school system has the largest budget in Fayette, and most taxpayers will see an increase in what they pay, compared to last year.

Public hearings: Two hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 12 noon and at 6 p.m. The final hearing will be Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m.

At that final hearing, the school board will officially adopt the millage rate for the coming fiscal year.

Hearing location: The Lafayette Educational Center, 205 LaFayette Avenue, Fayetteville.

Fiscal Year 2020 school budget: $229.5 million.

Tax millage rate to be set: 19.250 mills.

Increase over a rollback millage rate: 4.9 percent.

The Fayette County government — Run by the county commission, it’s the second largest taxing entity in the county.

Public hearings: Three hearings are required for a tax increase (no rollback). Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. and later the same day at 5 p.m. The third hearing will be Thursday, Aug. 22 at 6:30 p.m. Also at that same Aug. 22 meeting, the Fayette County Commission will vote to adopt the budget.

Location: Public Meeting Room at the Fayette County Administrative Complex at 140 West Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville.

FY 2020 budget: $55.2 million for the county’s general fund budget. The total budget for all county services, including the sheriff’s department and all other constitutional officers, comes to $104.951 million.

Tax millage rate to be set: 4.392 mills, an increase of 0.221 mills.

Increase over a rollback millage rate: 5.30 percent.

Peachtree City — Largest city in the county, governed by the City Council.

Public hearings: First hearing Aug. 15 at 7:30 a.m. Second hearing during the regular meeting of the council at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 15. The third hearing and a special called meeting to adopt the millage rate will be Aug. 22 at 9 a.m.

Location: Council chambers in City Hall, 151 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City.

FY2020 budget: $39.3 million operating budget and another $3.27 million for capital improvement projects.

Tax millage rate to be set: 6.232 mills.

Increase over a rollback millage rate: Not provided by the city.

Fayetteville — County seat of Fayette County.

Public hearings: Aug. 15 at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Final hearing on Aug. 29.

Location: City Hall, 240 South Glynn Street, Fayetteville.

FY2020 budget: $17.2 million.

Tax millage rate to be set: 5.646 mills, an increase of 0.229 mills.

Increase over a rollback millage rate: 4.23 percent.

Tyrone — The Town Council says it will maintain its 11-year run at the same millage rate — 2.889 mills. With increased property value assessments, however, the same millage results in a tax increase.

Public hearings: Aug. 15 at 7 p.m, Aug. 20 at 9:30 a.m., and the final hearing on Aug. 22 at 9:30 a.m. The council will set the rate the same day, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in a called meeting.

Location: Tyrone Town Hall, 881 Senoia Rd., Tyrone.

FY2020 budget: $12.042 million.

Tax millage rate to be set: 2.889 mills versus a rollback rate of 2.758 mills, or an increase of 0.131 mill.

Increase over a rollback millage rate: 7.54 percent more in ad valorem tax revenue than the current year.