SCHOOL BOARD POISED TO REDUCE PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE RATE FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR: THREE PUBLIC HEARINGS ANNOUNCED
Carnesville, Georgia (July 18, 2023) – For a second consecutive year, the Franklin County School Board of Education announces its intention to reduce its portion of the property tax millage rate. The Board, in its August meeting, is planning to consider Superintendent Burton-Brown’s recommended 2023 rate for maintenance and operations of 15.25 mills.
If the rate is adopted, the 2023 tax millage rate will be .515 mills less than the current rate of 15.765 mils. This 15.250 rate will be the lowest millage rate in the 10 years since the Board approved a 14.868 rate in 2012. Even with the lowered millage rate the Franklin County Board of Education recognizes that the 15.250 millage rate will result in an increase to the 2023 property taxes it will levy by 5.38 percent over the rollback millage rate.
Melanie Burton-Brown, Superintendent of Franklin County School District, shared “It is important to balance the needs of the students of Franklin County with the needs of the community. We understand that taxes are rising due to the growth in our community and that growth impacts the school district. It is my duty to put the needs of the students first, ensuring that the teachers, administrators and other staff have the support and resources needed to do what is best for our students.“ Burton-Brown continued “ In addition to the current budget, consideration must also be given to the future financial needs of the district. Changes and challenges come every year through economic issues, legislation and other unforeseen circumstances. My team is working to be good stewards of the funds of Franklin County, today and for the future.”
Why Does the Value of a House Increase?
Each year, the Franklin County Board of Tax Assessors is required to review and assess the value of property for tax purposes. When there is an upward trend of prices on properties, due to growth or inflationary factors, this reflects an increase in the “fair market value” of any specific property. The Board of Tax Assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and increase the assessment. This is called a reassessment. Not all properties are reassessed each year but each property benefits from an increase in “fair market value”.
What Does the Legal Notice Mean by “Increase in Property Taxes”?
The wording of the legal notice is required by Georgia code. The notice’s reference to “increase in property taxes” refers to the fact that when the millage rate is applied to the increased property values, the taxpayers will be paying an increased amount of taxes. The school board has no influence on the increase in property values; however, by reducing the millage rate, the school district hopes to reduce the impact of those increased property values on the citizens.
Citizens Invited to Public Hearings
The citizens are invited to three public hearings regarding the property tax millage rate. These hearings will take place at Board of Education Administrative Offices, 280 Busha Road, Carnesville, GA, on the following dates:
8:00 a.m. Thursday, August 3, 2023
5:00 p.m. Thursday, August 3, 2023
6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 10, 2023