Hearings on proposed Walker County tax hike

Commission is rolling back the millage rate, but it still translates to a tax increase for most property owners

LAFAYETTE, Georgia (WDEF) – The Walker County Board of Commissioners will hold three public hearings on this year’s proposed tax change.

The taxing question is complicated this year because of rising home values.

But the bottom line is their proposal would raise most property taxes.

Most owners got sticker shock when they got their new property valuations in the mail last month.

County leaders explained this was just an illusion, caused by the surge in homes sales and the state law that requires counties to update their evaluations.

The result was a 25% increase in property values.

But the Board of Commissioners will “rollback” the actual millage rate, to eliminate most of that 25%.

Still, the numbers they came up with is still higher than last year.

So for a $225,000 appraise home, the increase will be about $35 this year.

State law requires counties to hold public hearings when they raise taxes, so Walker County residents get three in August.

 Thursday, August 11 at 8:00 a.m. – Walker County Civic Center (10052 Hwy 27, Rock Spring)
 Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 p.m. – Walker County Courthouse Annex III (201 S Main St.,
LaFayette)
 Thursday, August 25 at 7:00 p.m. – Walker County Courthouse Annex III (201 S Main St.,
LaFayette)

The Commissioners will vote on the millage rate on August 25.

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