DeKalb County to increase property taxes

DeKalb County Governing Authority announced on June 15 its intention to increase 2023 property taxes by 8.56 percent.

All citizens are invited to three public hearings regarding the tax increase. A news release states that all three meetings will be held at Manuel J. Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur. The meetings will be held on June 27 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and on July 11 at 10 a.m.

According to the news release, the increase in property taxes is part of the county’s budgeting process – a process that local municipalities and school districts also complete yearly. The 2023 budget tentatively adopted by DeKalb County required a higher millage rate and tax increase to provide necessary funding.

The increases are based on DeKalb County’s six separate tax levies that are used to determine millage rate and tax increase.

Two of those levies are the general and hospital funds, which are used in the required calculation for the rollback rate.

“The other tax levies (police, fire, designated, and the special tax district bond fund) produce the same benchmark millage rate of 20.810 mills from 2022 when combined with the general and hospital levies,” according to the news release.

When the current total digest of taxable property is prepared, Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 48-5-32.1 requires a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that the previous year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

State of Georgia law also requires governing authorities to host three public hearings to allow the public to opine on the increases.

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