DeKalb Issues Notice of a Proposed Property Tax Increase

From Commissioner Jeff Rader:

DECATUR - The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted millage rates which will require an increase in property taxes by the following percentages:

                                         % Increase

    Unincorporated                       3.73%
    Avondale Estates Special Services    0.73%
    Chamblee Special Services            0.43%
    Decatur Special Services             1.33%
    Debt Service                         6.94%

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held on the following dates, at the indicated times and locations:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. at the Maloof Administration Building Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, Georgia; and

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 6:00 P.M. at the Maloof Administration Building Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, Georgia; and

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. at the Maloof Administration Building Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, Georgia.

(Note: The above information is presented in the exact manner required by O.C.G.A. Section 48-5-32.1 as interpreted by the Georgia Department of Revenue. It only shows those tax districts where the proposed millage rates for 2009 have not been reduced below the statutory rollback rate and, as a result, more total taxes are proposed to be charged to all existing property owners than were charged to those taxpayers last year. However, other millage rates, not shown above, were decreased below the rollback rate and the net change to the average taxpayers’ bill should not be as dramatic as indicated above.)

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners was required by State Law to publish only increases in applicable millage rates, excluding any budgeted millage rate reductions. The millage rates for the following are proposed to decrease below the Rollback Rate, as follows:

                                      Millage    Rollback Rate    Proposed         % Change
                                      2008               2009*      2009**    from Rollback

Unincorporated Debt Service            1.45              1.527      1.37        -10.28%
Atlanta Special Services               8.83              9.109      9.02         -0.98%
Clarkston Special Services            13.14             13.413     13.27         -1.07%
Doraville Special Services            12.55             12.746     12.67         -0.60%
Lithonia Special Services             13.21             13.948     13.34         -4.36%
Pine Lake Special Services            13.47             14.047     13.60         -3.18%
Stone Mtn. Special Services           12.95             14.576     13.07        -10.33%

*A rollback millage rate is computed to produce the same amount of revenue as the previous year excluding new growth.

** These millage rates are prior to the application of the Homestead Exemption from the Homestead Option Sales Tax. The Board of Commissioners granted a 58.3% Homestead Exemption for County operations and maintenance. Debt Service is excluded from these exemptions. The Board of Commissioners will consider the level of Homestead Exemption from the Homestead Option Sales Tax for 2009.