Special called BOC meeting Wednesday re: 2011 millage rate

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.

Your thoughts?

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August 2nd, 2010
9:37 am

Let me get this straight. The “emergency” meeting was called about the millage rate. Can anybody tell me if This was even discussed? I have heard NOTHING about the supposed reason it was called. Or was the meeting just used to cause hate and discontent for Mr. Baskins? If that is the case then it was an illegal meeting and the State should investigate the County Commissioners. They do need to remember they who live by the sword die by the sword. Because what they are doing is a two edged weapon and swings both ways. Dirty politics smells to high heaven no matter what the color of the skin.


September 12th, 2010
8:30 pm

To “just stating the obvious” You are SO RIGHT!!! The county officials are so corrupt! Alex Cohilas steals money from the Boot Drives the Fire Department conducts when citizens drop dollars into boots thinking they are donating to charities like the Burn Foundation and other charities. In reality, he gives a little to these and skims the majority of the cash for his precious combat challenge team to compete as strong firemen! These employees get special privledges and get paid while travelling out of state to compete..and PARTY at the county’s expense! If anyone asks questions, he acts like some kind of Nazi gestapo! He is SO CORRUPT. How can he be fire chief AND county manager? A clayton county citizen was dying from a cardiac arrest and he had a crew of his elite combat challenge boys on an ambulance and they were told NOT to respond to the cardiac arrest (even though they were the closest ambulance) because they were on their way to TRAIN. SOMEONE needs to look deep into this county’s books..follow Cohilas and you will find all kind of money laundering!