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DeKalb Schools is planning on keeping its 23.98 millage rate and will remain the 2nd highest millage rate in the state. However, on average, DeKalb residents can expect a 6.54% increase in their property taxes due to rising property values.
Millage rate is the rate at which property taxes are levied on property. A mill is 1/1000 of a dollar. Property taxes are computed by multiplying the taxable value of the property by the number of mills levied. The millage rate can be found on the property tax statement or by contacting the DeKalb County office.
Local Taxation for Education
In truth, DeKalb’s tax rate is above the legal limit.
Art. VIII – Sec VI of the Georgia Constitution says, the “school system shall annually certify to its fiscal authority or authorities a school tax not greater than 20 mills per dollar for the support and maintenance of education.” State Senator Fran Millar mentioned a few years back that he considered introducing legislation to roll back DeKalb’s millage cap that was raised to 25 mills years ago when the county ran DeKalb College. The school later became Georgia Perimeter College and was taken over by the state. There’s nothing quite as permanent as a temporary tax or interim superintendent. Fran Millar is running for reelection this year and would love to hear your thoughts on said legislation.
Taxpayer Bill of Rights
One purpose of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights is to prevent indirect tax increases resulting from increases to existing property values in a county due to inflation. One tenet of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights is that the school district must notify the public that taxes are being increased even when they do not roll back the millage rate each year to offset any inflationary increases in the digest.
Millage Rate Hearing
DeKalb Schools’ 1st millage rate hearing will be June 25th. The 2nd and 3rd millage rate hearing as well as the adoption of the tax levy will be on July 7th at the board work session and business meetings.
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DSW Note: So basically, no, the school board is not raising the millage rate, however, the county is raising the assessments (the value of your home) and therefore raising your tax liability. Well, they are raising the assessments in ‘parts’ of the county — while lowering the values in other parts. In theory, when values increase, the millage rate should decrease to keep taxes even. (Remember, the last school board increased the millage rate in order to compensate for the drop in property values.) Overall, the tax collections will increase by over 6% – a big bonus for the school system, which accounts for over 60% of your property tax bill.