Our Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting on Wednesday, July 28, to set the county’s 2011 millage rate.
As per the Georgia Department of Revenue, “The tax rate, or millage, in each county is set annually by the board of county commissioners, or other governing authority of the taxing jurisdiction, and by the Board of Education. A tax rate of one mill represents a tax liability of one dollar per $1,000 of assessed value. The average county and municipal millage rate is 30 mills; the state millage rate in each county is 0.25 mills.”
The current millage rate in Clayton county is 35.586, which includes 11.436 mills for the general fund and 3.900 mills for the fire fund. The school millage rate is maxed out at 20.000. Some cities have their own millage rate, and residents living within those city’s limits pay that city’s millage rate PLUS the county’s millage rate.
The 2009 rates for those cities are as follows: Jonesboro, 12.343; College Park, 9.560; Riverdale, 7.500; Morrow, 7.500; and Lake City, 5.737. Residents living in unincorporated Clayton pay only the county millage rate.
The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Boardroom/Administration Building (112 Smith St., Jonesboro, Georgia). Public comments will be allowed, so if you have an opinion on this, now is the time.
Who knows if the millage rate will be raised on Wednesday? But given the country’s anti-tax sentiment these days, most will not be in favor of a tax increase, and Clayton property owners already feel they aren’t getting their money’s worth as it is.