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Hall County approves budget with rollback property tax rate
Hall County Government Center

Update, June 25: The Hall County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday, June 25 to approve a budget that includes a rolled-back property tax rate and some cuts to account for the economic effects of COVID-19. 

The general fund millage rate will be 4.853 mills, rolled back from the current fiscal year’s rate of 5.098 mills. The rollback rate is the average rate a taxpayer would need to avoid a higher tax bill because of a higher property assessment value. Some taxpayers could get higher or lower bills, depending on their assessments. 

One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 in assessed value. 

For each county tax dollar, 17.98% will go to the general fund, 9.82% will be used for Hall County Fire Services, 2.12% will be for emergency services, 3.72% will go to development services, and 1.35% will be for Hall County Parks and Leisure.  

Based on the school system’s current millage rate, 65.02% would go to Hall County Schools. The school system has not yet finalized its budget for the next fiscal year. 

The county’s fiscal year restarts July 1. 

The budget was approved as part of the commissioners’ consent agenda. All commissioners voted to approve the consent agenda, except for Commissioner Jeff Stowe, who abstained from voting to avoid a potential conflict of interest on another item. 

Hall County is proposing a budget with the rollback property tax rate for Fiscal Year 2021, which will begin July 1.

The rollback millage rate is the rate an average property owner would need in order to avoid a higher tax bill due to an increased property assessment. Property owners could see higher or lower tax bills, depending on their assessments. 

One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 in assessed value. The current general fund millage rate is 5.098 mills.

“As the board continues to analyze the effects of COVID-19 on our community, the commission also believes it is prudent to scale back its FY 2021 spending plan in anticipation of a potential reduction in revenues,” Hall County Administrator Jock Connell said in a statement. “The members of the board have worked diligently to achieve a lower millage rate even in the midst of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.”

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will hear details and hold a public hearing at a 6 p.m. meeting Thursday, June 11. Although the meeting will be streamed online, it will also be open to the public at the Hall County Government Center, with social distancing measures in place. Commissioners will vote on the budget Thursday, June 25. People can watch a live stream of the meetings on the county website, and to comment during a public hearing, they can join the meeting remotely through the county’s online meetings webpage or call 770-718-2327. 

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