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City to hold property tax hearing

August 19, 2016

Property TaxThe City of Johns Creek is currently in the process of establishing its 2016 millage rate.  The City, incorporated on December 1, 2006 has published their five-year history of its tax digest, property revenues and millage rate. Currently, the City of Johns Creek millage rate is 4.614.

Before the City of Johns Creek sets the final millage rate for 2016, Georgia law requires a public hearing to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions.
 
All concerned citizens are invited to attend and participate in the public hearing which will be held at Johns Creek City Hall, Council Chambers located at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 300, Johns Creek, Georgia 30097 at the following date and time:

  • Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m
Action to adopt the final millage rate for 2016 is scheduled to take place at the Council Meeting on Monday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. 

To establish a millage rate, the City first receives a tax digest from Fulton County, which consolidates the reassessments of property values from 2015 to 2016.  This is typically sent to the City in June of each year.  This year, due to calculation errors in the County Tax Appraisers office, the City didn’t receive the tax digest from the County until Aug. 10.  This significant delay has created a time crunch for the Tax Commissioner to deliver the annual tax bills to the citizens. 

At the Aug. 15 Council meeting, the elected officials discussed their desire to hold three public hearings to seek public input regarding the millage rate.  This would have been above and beyond the legal requirement to hold one public hearing, because this year, there is no increase in reassessments. 

Since that time, the County Tax Commissioner has urged each of the taxing entities in Fulton County to submit their adopted millage rates to the County by Sept. 1.  Several tax entities in Fulton County (including Fulton County Schools) depend on the remittance of property tax dollars in the fall to preserve a healthy cash flow.  If the County receives each taxing entities’ adopted millage rates by Sept. 1, property tax revenue will be collected by Nov. 15.   A delay in getting the bills out will extend that collection date into December or January.  This would be a significant burden on Fulton County Schools.   

While the City of Johns Creek regularly endeavors to provide enhanced opportunities for public input into key policy decisions, the City is choosing to lend a hand to cooperate with its neighbors to get the millage rate adopted Aug. 29 so that tax collections can be completed in November.