Here are the public hearings over property taxes in North Georgia

Counties must hold the hearings if they are going to raise your taxes

LAFAYETTE, Georgia (WDEF) – North Georgia governments are in the process of telling residents how much they are rolling back your millage rate this year and whether those sky-high new evaluations will actually mean higher property taxes.

Remember, in Georgia, both your Commission and School Boards control the tax rate.

All Georgia counties are reeling from higher evaluations this year because of the housing boom.

But it’s up to your local representatives whether that actually translates into a tax increase or not.

Georgia law requires them to hold public hearings if they are raising your property taxes.

Here’s where we stand now:

CATOOSA COUNTY:

The Catoosa County Commission is proposing a property tax increase as part of this year’s budget.

For a home valued at $175,ooo, the tax increase would be between $117-$120 this year.

The Board of Commissioners will hold three public hearings for the proposed FY 2023 budget:

  • Thursday, August 11 at 9:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, August 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, August 19 at 6:00 p.m.

WALKER COUNTY:

The County Commission is proposing a millage rollback, but it does include a property tax increase.

Public hearings on the millage rate will now take place on the following dates/times and locations (these dates have changed from last week):

  • Thursday, August 25 at 8:00 a.m. – Walker County Civic Center (10052 Hwy 27, Rock Spring)
  • Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m. – Walker County Courthouse Annex III (201 S Main St., LaFayette)
  • Thursday, September 1 at 6:30 p.m. – Walker County Courthouse Annex III (201 S Main St., LaFayette)

The millage rate will also now be set at a called Board of Commissioners meeting at 7:00 p.m. on September 1.

The School Board is also rolling back the millage rate, but not enough to avoid a tax increase.

Here are their public meetings:

Walker Schools

WHITFIELD COUNTY

The Whitfield County Commission is proposing a rollback that will result in a 15% property tax increase.

Their public hearings are on:

Thursday, Aug. 18, at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 26, at 12 p.m., including the final vote

All public hearings and regular business meetings will be held in the BOC Meeting Room at the Whitfield County Courthouse located at 205 N. Selvidge Street, Dalton.

Categories: Catoosa County, Government & Politics, Regional News, Walker County, Whitfield County