Por­terdale won’t raise mill rate this year

The Covington News - - NEWS - SAN­DRA BRANDS news@cov­news.com

De­spite not hav­ing the city mill rate change for 2016, some res­i­dents of Por­terdale will likely see an in­crease in their prop­erty taxes this year.

The county re­assessed many peo­ple’s prop­erty, with some home val­ues as much as dou­bling. A public hear­ing on county tax rates is sched­uled for Mon­day, July 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Court­house in Cov­ing­ton.

At the first of three public hear­ing on Por­terdale’s pro­posed mill rate of 17.910 per thou­sand of as­sessed value, Mayor Ar­line Chap­man said, “We have no con­trol over what the county does, but we’ve al­ways tried to not let [city] taxes go up.”

Coun­cil Mem­ber Linda Fin­ger said she thought the city had not raised prop­erty tax rates since 2010, while Coun­cil Mem­ber Low­ell Cham­bers be­lieved Por­terdale has been un­der ap­praised for the last cou­ple of years.

Not all prop­erty val­ues have gone up. City Clerk Me­gan Reid re­ported that some peo­ple saw their prop­erty val­ues dou­ble, while some saw theirs cut-in-half. How­ever, City Man­ager Bob Thom­son said the over­all prop­erty di­gest has in­creased 31 per­cent.

“Ul­ti­mately,” said Coun­cil Mem­ber Tim Sav­age, “we want to see ap­praisals go up.”

Chap­man said the in­creas­ing prop­erty value re­flected changes the coun­cil had ap­proved, in­clud­ing the adop­tion of In­ter­na­tional Hous­ing Codes. “We’re mov­ing at a pretty good pace,” she said. “We’re not go­ing to get there overnight.”

Be­cause prop­erty val­ues have been in­creas­ing, many cities have had to roll back tax rates to meet Ge­or­gia’s law man­dat­ing tax rates be ad­justed to re­flect the ac­tual amount of taxes the en­tity said they’d col­lect.

The pro­posed an­nual tax in­crease for a home with a fair mar­ket value of 25,000 and a homestead ex­emp­tion is ap­prox­i­mately $0.00. The in­crease for a prop­erty val­ued at $25,000 with­out a homestead ex­emp­tion is ap­prox­i­mately $43.28.

The sec­ond public hear­ing on the tax rate will be on Thurs­day, July 23 at 6:15 p.m., at City Hall, 2400 Main St., Por­terdale. A third and fi­nal hear­ing will be held Mon­day, Aug. 3 at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall.

At a work ses­sion later, the coun­cil gave the go ahead to the public works depart­ment to in­stall elec­tri­cal power at Yel­low River Park, so the work could be com­pleted in time for the Oct. 3 Yel­low River Jam.

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