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Grovetown holding tax rollback hearings

Posted: July 11, 2012 - 12:02am

Grovetown is the only Columbia County government holding state-mandated tax hearings this year.

The meetings will be held in Grovetown City Hall at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, as well as at 6 p.m. on July 23.

After a three-year freeze ordered by the state, property assessments in the city rose. Higher assessments, combined with new growth, grew the digest by 8.46 percent, City Administrator Shirley Beasley said.
That increase is expected to bring in about $120,000 more tax revenue than last year.

At a meeting set for 6:15 p.m. on July 23 at Grovetown City Hall, city officials plan to set the millage rate at 7 mills, the same rate since 2009.

State law requires rollback hearings when tax-collecting bodies intend to accept the added income from growth. Otherwise, governments must adjust the millage to equal the same amount of income received during the previous year.

Columbia County Finance Director Leanne Reece said the county isn’t required to hold a hearing because the value of property assessments decreased. County officials are expected to approve the 6.402 millage rate at a 9 a.m. meeting on July 24.

“The value of reassessments declined even though the overall (tax) digest grew,” Reece said.

Including new growth, the digest grew 2.28 percent to about $1.4 million, which means that Reece expects the county to collect an additional $598,000 in 2012.

Columbia County School Board Controller Pat Sullivan said she expects the board to adopt the same 17.59 millage rate at a 8 a.m. meeting on July 24.

Though the digest taxable by the school board grew by 1.79 percent, the assessments decreased by .03 percent.

Officials in Harlem also are not required to hold rollback hearings, and plan to approve the city’s 5.35 mill rate.

“Our assessments actually went down some (about .15 percent),” City Clerk Debbie Moore said.

Moore said she expects to collect about $400 less in tax revenues than in 2011.

ROLLBACK HEARINGS

What: Grovetown tax rollback public hearings

When: 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. July 23

Where: Grovetown City Hall, Old Wrightsboro Road in Grovetown

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