County Commissioners approve proposed property tax increase

The matter was approved Monday during the County Commission meeting in a 4-3 vote.

ALBANY, Ga. – Dougherty County residents may be paying more in property taxes as County Commissioner announces its intention to increase property taxes by 3.5%. This will now levy this year by 28.87% over the rollback millage rate for the Countywide district.

The board of tax assessors is required to review each year the assessed value of taxable property in the county for property tax purposes.

By law, when the fair market value of any specific property has increased on the basis of recent sales in the county, the board of tax assessors is required to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment; which is called a reassessment.

Georgia law requires that a rollback mileage rate be computed when preparing the total digest of taxable property so that the current year’s digest produces the same total revenue that last year’s digest would have produced had no reassessments occurred.In accordance with Georgia law, before the Dougherty County Board of Commissioners can finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, three public hearings must be held so that the public may express its opinions.

“After a deep dive and looking at the scenarios we had in front of us, it is a recommendation of the finance committee and Mr. Wall that we look at a millage rate of 3.5” said District 1 county commissioner Ed Newsome.

In a 4-3 vote the county commissioners approved an additional 3.5 percent increase of the county’s millage rate. Now that the motion has been approved it means an approximate $135 increase for a $100,000 home.

District 5 commissioner Gloria Gaines says anytime there is an increase in the millage rate, it requires a great deal of consideration.

“As I thought about it over the last few weeks, realizing that it was imminent, that it was really going to happen; I thought about how it was going to impact the ordinary citizen.” said Gaines.

Gaines notes Albany’s population loss should be factored into decision making.

“We should not be providing the same level of service that we were providing 10, 15 years ago when our population was above 90,000.” said Gaines.

Although, Gaines and her counterparts knew this day was coming, they’re already looking to revisions.

“I would like to see just that over the next few years that we really look at the possibility of how we can right-size ourself as a government and see if we can roll these taxes back, if indeed the decision is made to increase these taxes.” said Gaines.

The final adoption of the 2022 rate will be set for August 29th. The public hearings will be held at the Government Center in Downtown 222 Pine Ave. in room 100. If you would like to participate in the public hearings, we have those dates listed below.

  • Monday, August 15, 2022 at 10:00 A.M.
  • Monday, August 15, 2022 at 6 P.M.
  • Monday, August 29, 2022 at 10 A.M.

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