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The Douglasville City Council held two required public hearings on August 19th to discuss the city millage rate.
Although the City Council plans to keep the millage rate at 7.211 mills, the same as last year, they are required by Georgia law to advertise for a tax increase.
“The millage rate is not increasing, but Douglasville residents will see a modest increase in their property taxes, due to the increased value of their property” explained Finance Director Karin Callan. “As a simple example, a property owner with an assessed value of $125,000 would see an increase of $13.75 annually or approximately $1.15 per month over the roll back rate.”
The decision not only allows the City to stay on budget, but it also helps to manage future costs of citizen-driven priorities like the downtown amphitheater project, Old Mill Cleanup, North Side Redevelopment, transportation, and paving projects.
“We never make these decisions hastily,” Finance Committee Chairman Mark Adams stated, “but to ensure we follow through with all of these studies and projects we’ve undertaken, a small increase is an appropriate action.”
“I see this as a very positive sign,” added Mayor Rochelle Robinson, “this shows that our property values are increasing city-wide. That will attract people to our community and provide us, as elected officials, with an incentive to continue working on our community improvement projects.”
The third required public hearings will take place on August 26th at 6:00 PM. A special-called meeting will take place at 6:30 on August 26th to adopt the millage rate. All public hearings and special-called meetings will take place at the Douglasville Conference Center located at 6700 Church Street in downtown Douglasville.