Peachtree City plans to raise tax revenue 17%, invites public to 3 public hearings on tax rate

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The Peachtree City Mayor and Council today announces today its intention to raise property taxes by not rolling back the impact of assessment increases of property values.

The city millage rate for Maintenance & Operation (M & O) is scheduled to remain the same at 6.043 mills, while the City Bond millage rate is scheduled to remain at 0.000 mills.

State law also requires governments to announce the percent increase over the roll-back millage rate if property values increase. As property values on the 2022 tax digest have increased, the roll-back millage rate for M & O was calculated to be 5.366 mills. The proposed M & O millage rate of 6.043 mills represents a 12.62% increase over the roll-back millage rate.

The tax levy will generate approximately $19,517,063 or 17.59% more tax revenue than the 2021 levy, due to the combined impact of new growth, decline in motor vehicle values, and increased property values due to reassessments of existing property. The net M & O digest value increased by a total of $483,035,472 or 17.59% from 2021 to 2022.

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

When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue from Real property on the current year’s new digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments to Real property occurred. As Real property values have increased, the M & O rollback millage rate of 5.366 is 0.677 mills lower than the current rate of 6.043.

Before City Council may set a final millage rate, Georgia Law requires that three public hearings be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on this increase. All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase, to be held at City Hall, 151 Willowbend Road in Peachtree City on the following dates:

• Public Hearing: Thursday, August 11, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.

• Public Hearing: Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.

• Public Hearing & Tentative Adoption: Thursday, August 18, 2022, at 6:30 p.m.

[Public hearing dates have been been corrected to reflect that the hearings are all on Thursdays, NOT Tuesdays.]

10 COMMENTS

  1. Inflation impacts the costs of all the community services dependent upon taxes for funding. Costs are not exclusive to homeowners. The police, fire departments and EMT are all impacted by higher costs. 911 services. Schools. Highway and infrastructure maintenance. Our court, public defenders and jail systems. County utilities. Animal control and shelters. Our libraries and parks, open space and recreational facilities. Social Services safety net programs. Sanitation (land fill) availability and maintenance. This is a community, State and Nationwide issue and public services are not certainly not exempt. As you say, at about a 10% impact on our our bottom lines. But, I ask, are you comfortable with 90% service? A 10% chance that the fire department will not show up when your home is on fire? A family member has a medical emergency? When you identify a prowler or break in? Giving a pass to 10% of identified criminals ? Tolerating street and traffic lights outages when they burn out or are rendered unusable after a weather event or wayward driver? And… in good times, where everyone is earning handsomely, homes appreciating, 401K and investments booming.. do you offer up a bonus in prosperous times? For better or worse… we are all in this together.

  2. Ya’all voted in a democratic Mayor. So comes the inner city values with that crime, higher taxes good luck with that.

    And now some messages above and below from out resident liberal residents supporting this.

  3. So City Council, in the middle of a recession where people have already lost 10% of their income (and more to come it seems) wants the taxpayers to cough up another 17% on what tax they already pay on top of that? Amazing! Well, elections have consequences.