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On August 17th, the Douglasville City Council voted to set the 2017 tax millage rate at 6.911 mills (same as last year) for Maintenance and Operations and at 1.35 (down .09) mills for general obligation bonds for the Public Safety and Municipal Court Building, for a total tax rate of 8.261 mills. The 2016 total tax rate was 8.437 mills.
Here's where it gets really confusing. To the average person, that decrease would look like a tax decrease. However, since the tax digest is larger this year (due to increased property values) that decrease is considered an increase by the State of Georgia because more funds could come in to the City coffers.
Douglasville Finance Director Karin Callan, explained it very well at the public hearings that were held before the Council vote. Watch her explanation here.
You can also watch the other Public Hearings and Council Voting Meeting on the CITI TV YouTube page.