Jonesboro property taxes revisited

Jonesboro residents might receive an unwelcome gift this Christmas: the resurrection of their property taxes.

According to the Clayton News-Daily, the proposed $2.58 million city budget includes revenue projections of $166,182 in property taxes.

Reinstating Jonesboro’s property taxes could help avoid city employees having to accept pay cuts and/or furlough days, and conceivably save jobs. As per the AJC, Jonesboro Councilman Bobby Wiggins estimated a one mil increase would generate $86,000, but the city needs at least three mills to help close the gap. It has been four years since residents in the city of Jonesboro paid property taxes.

But even with the revenue generated from property taxes, budget cuts will still need to be made and the number of special events residents have come to enjoy will be reduced. You can view the proposed budget at Jonesboro City Hall (124 North Avenue).

Jonesboro residents: do you support raising property taxes?

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A public hearing will be held at the Jonesboro Police Department (170 South Main Street) on December 28 at 5:00 p.m. to further discuss the proposed budget.

Jonesboro residents: will you attend the public hearing? Do you have any alternative suggestions for balancing the budget that do not include bringing back property taxes?

Have a Merry Christmas Clayton!

18 comments Add your comment

Clayton resident

December 20th, 2010
11:04 am

Everytime I go through Jonesboro cops got someone pulled over. they gotta be bringing in money from all those tickets their writing whose getting that money?

Read my lips

December 20th, 2010
2:46 pm


Ghost of Christmas Past

December 20th, 2010
6:35 pm

The citzens of Jonesboro need to start paying taxes again like everybody else. Living in unincorporated Clayton county I pay taxes—more than my fair share!


December 20th, 2010
9:17 pm

This suggestion will help the state of Georgia rather than Jonesboro, but I would like to suggest that GHP and Clayton Co. cops start pulling people over on the freeway for speeding. Instead of waiting untill they are doing 80 in a 55, they should start pulling people over and issuing speeding tickets if you are doing 75. This will 1. Increase county and state revenues. 2. Slow people down, why are you all speeding so fast? Do you use a timeclock at work? Maybe there will be less accidents if people slow down. 3. Our use of foreign oil will decrease. 4. The increased revenue will either prevent lay offs or create officer jobs to handle all the tickets they will be issuing. Backlogged at the courthouse? Hire help!


December 21st, 2010
8:13 am

Jonesboro is dying a slow death. They need to concentrate on getting businesses to move there. Downtown is already gone.


December 21st, 2010
10:42 am

Downtown is already gone. Yep. And then these yahoos decided to – in the Train depot downtown area – triple the sidewalks width and take away 8 or 10 parking spaces


December 21st, 2010
2:46 pm

State Representative Michael Glanton will be honored for his service and dedication as a legislator, and receive a Proclamation at tonight’s Board of Commissioners meeting which starts at 7:00 p.m. (112 Smith Street, Jonesboro, GA).


December 21st, 2010
3:23 pm

I have lived in Jonesboro for about 35 years . I have seen Mayors and Chief of Police go and come and money spent on alot of crazy ideas and projects. My first question would be to Luther our Mayor,what is the real cost of going back to the city picking up our garbage. You have the truck payments,the people to run the pickup and their retirement and insurance cost and then the insurance to operate that truck on the streets verus a service doing it for us about the same price as the city but no cost to the city for truck,insurance,employees,employees retirment and insurance. Get real Luther what really is going on in Jonesboro???

Oaky Oaks

December 21st, 2010
6:04 pm

They’re not paying property taxes in Jonesboro; have they seceded from the county. Ole politician James Petigru, whose famous quote still echoes through Jonesboro today: “Jonesboro is too small to be a Republic, and too large to be an insane asylum.”


December 22nd, 2010
7:19 am

My second question to Luther our Mayor is how much does those new street lights cost the city a month downtown. There are no business open after 6 p.m. in that downtown stretch yet you have choose to light up an area not even being used. Meanwhile we continue to have extremely dark areas around Lee Street and other areas that people are in 24/7. Get real Luther what is really going on in Jonesboro?


December 22nd, 2010
12:26 pm

Mr. Luther also lives in the area that hasn’t paid property taxes in four years. Why are those people any better than me? Pay your taxes like I am required to do.


December 22nd, 2010
5:07 pm

Since the county courthouse, the county jail, the bail bondman businesses, and all of the county jail house lawyers has moved out of the city limits of downtown Jonesboro, the usual traffic and business has dried up.


December 22nd, 2010
6:40 pm

It’s never a good thing to raise taxes. If residents don’t show up and check out the budget…and look for frivolous and wasteful spending, then instituting property taxes is the only answer. While checking out the budget, yes, it’s also a good time to see how much revenue all that ticket-writing by the JPD brings in.

Sorry “pip”, but I disagree with your figure of 8-10 parking spaces. It’s more like 15, dontcha think? Well, I reckon since downtown is “dead”, we don’t need parking spaces anyway. At any rate, brilliant move by the powers that be. That, and making Main St even narrower with the new curbing, “Welcome Columns” , etc.

While I’m ranting, are they ever going to revert the timing for the signal at S. Main and College St? Before the “improvements” began, turning from McDonough St to College or S. Main was only an inconvenience. Now it’s a major hassle. EG they added AT LEAST a full minute to the red light for College; and traffic really backs up on McDonough, both ways. It’s become a real mess.


December 23rd, 2010
11:18 am

We need to clear up one thing. We PAY county taxes believe me on over valued property and they want to add a city tax to us to pay for lights downtown where there are no night business and trash service ran by the city. I just want everybody to know we do pay county taxes.

Gone With The Wind

December 24th, 2010
6:38 am

City of Joneboro was hit like the rest of the counties. They should pay tax I agree but, I hope that they do not become like the rest of Clayton County. This is a nice quiet city that has a lot to offer.
I left Clayton County, to much coruption and to many crooks in government. I refuse to pay taxes to that. Best of luck to the city of Jonesboro.

The Plutocrats

December 24th, 2010
1:28 pm

Could some of these taxes we do pay be used to change the signage on the northern stretch of Tara Boulevard to identify the lanes to I-75 as opposed to the Upper Riverdale Rd. turnout?

New Resident

December 26th, 2010
6:05 pm

I live in Clayton County, I pay property taxes….. How about fixing the mess with all these 3 way stop signs and traffic lights that make things even worse rather then improve the downtown traffic situation. That is the biggest mess I have ever seen for getting through downtown. Oh no, wait…. we needed larger sidewalks for non existing foot traffic.


December 27th, 2010
11:21 am

Jonesboro used to be the greatest place. I had a pasture for my backyard. It was wonderful. Alas, my neighbor could hold out no longer and sold it all. Within a few months it was nothing but cheap-builds. Eventually, I considered adding a guard tower on the southwest corner of our house. The cheap-builds also came with rats-the two-legged kind. Another neighbor actually put a “Trespassers will be shot.” sign in his front yard.
Recently, I looked at the Clayton County property tax website. My old house is now valued less than when I sold it in the late ’80s. Having gone through there not too long ago, the neighborhood now looks like a run-down, unkept, thug-infested place I could never call home again. I guess I got out when the getting was good. RIP Jonesboro.