If you pay attention to your County tax bill, you may have noticed the millage has fluctuated quite a bit over the last few years. Though it’s certainly possible, that fluctuation was overshadowed by our recent reassessments.
The AJC reports that county taxes for Decatur residents increased 5% last year.
But in CEO Lee May’s budget draft for the upcoming year, all DeKalb city residents would see a decline in their county tax rate, according to the AJC. In Decatur, the rate would drop 15% from 2015 to 10.08 mils. All other DeKalb cities would also experience a 10%-17% decline in their millage, with Atlanta DeKalb residents receiving the most relief.
Hey, it’s not going to be a ton cash, but every little bit helps these days!
Decatur residents only pay for select DeKalb services with their taxes. Prior to 2010, city residents were “double-taxed” on some county services they didn’t utilize, like basic police protection – since Decatur has it’s own police force. Decatur helped lead the way to change state legislation that allowed cities to opt out of certain services, which the commission did for the first time back in 2010. History lesson over!
The DeKalb County Commission is scheduled to vote on the budget by the end of February 2016.
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