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BOE proposes property tax hike

Public hearings Aug. 6 at noon, 6 p.m. & Aug. 13 at 4 p.m.

The Screven County Board of Education announced its intention to increase the 2015 property taxes it will levy this year by 13.52 percent over the rollback millage rate during Monday night’s BOE meeting.  
The proposed increase would be 1.846 mills. Over the last few months, the BOE had considered a 2 mill hike.
Each year, the board of tax assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county. 
When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the county indicate there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment. This is called a reassessment.
When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia Law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s new digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.
Since the 2008-2009 school year, the Screven County School System has endured cuts to programs and personnel due to reductions in state funding, while absorbing unfunded mandates.  With increased accountability and class sizes, the school system can no longer continue to make major cuts and sustain a system that meets the needs of our students and community.
The budget tentatively adopted by the Screven County Board of Education requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate. 
Therefore, before the Screven County Board of Education may set a final millage rate, Georgia Law requires that three public hearings be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on this increase.
All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Board Room of the Screven County School System located at 382 Halcyondale Road, Sylvania, on Aug. 6 at noon and 6 p.m.; and Aug. 13 at 4 p.m.