Public Hearing on Notice of Property Tax Increase ~ August 23, 2012
1266 East Church Street ~ Jasper, GA 30143

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Video is from the Public Hearing on Thursday, August 23, 2012.

Notice of Property Tax Increase

Pickens County Government has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in the property taxes by 9.19% over the rollback millage rate.

When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia Law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current yearís digest that last yearís millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Commissionerís Meeting Room, 1266 East Church Street on the following dates:

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Friday, August 24, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
Friday, August 31, 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 6.90 mills, an increase of .64 mills over last yearís millage rate of 6.26 mills. The purpose of this increase was to reimburse a taxpayer, Young Life of Texas, for taxes that had been wrongfully assessed against its property by the Board of Assessors since 1999. The total figure reimbursed to Young Life was $400,000. This payment will have to be made in January; therefore, the necessity to increase our taxes by that amount.

The total figure being claimed by Young Life was in the neighborhood of $2 million; however, the company won a partial judgment in the Court of Appeals earlier this year for a portion of that amount, and, luckily for the other taxpayers of Pickens County, it was willing to reduce the actual cash payment to the amount it won in that partial victory, thus allowing the County to avoid the exposure of a seven figure judgment together with the costs associated with a lengthy trial.

The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $22.44 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $300,000 is approximately $76.80.

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