Walker County Commissioner rolls back property tax millage rate

LAFAYETTE, Georgia (WDEF) – Walker County commissioner Bebe Heiskell announced on Thursday that she is rolling back the property tax millage rate to offset higher property evaluations.

The school system is also rolling back the millage this year.

State law prohibits county’s from profiting from a new round of property evaluations.

Here is the statement from commissioner Heiskell (who faces re-election in November).

Walker County commissioner Bebe Heiskell announced Thursday she will roll back
property taxes resulting in lower tax bills for residents in October.

“I am rolling taxes back almost a mill,” Heiskell announced as she finished evaluating
the county’s upcoming fiscal year which begins in October.

This will no doubt be welcome news to many residents who have raised concerns over
a recent property reevaluation required by the state of Georgia to bring Walker County’s
property values in line with the rest of the state.

According to Walker County chief appraiser Terry Gilreath, the county was placed under
a consent order by the state which stipulated the reevaluation occur or the county could
face steep fines.

“This evaluation was an effort to equalize our ratio with state law requirements,” Gilreath

Under the states requirements, reevaluation notices went out to residents with an
estimated tax liability owed which did not reflect what the current rate of millage would
be for the upcoming year.

The Walker County School System recently released a statement saying it would roll
back taxes on residents for the upcoming year as well.

“While the county budget can always use increased revenue, the increases on property
owners as reflected by the reevaluation notices is unrealistic,” Heiskell said.

Property taxes notices will go out to residents in October and will be due in December.

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