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School taxes could go up for some in Hall

Budget hearings

When: 5 p.m. June 12, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 26

Where: Hall County Schools district office, 711 Green St., Gainesville

While Hall County Schools officials have approved a tentative budget that reduces the school tax rate, that does not necessarily mean property taxes will also be reduced.

In fact, under the current proposed budget, taxes will go up for some taxpayers.

The school district released a statement Wednesday night saying its proposed budget would collect 2.33 percent more taxes than it would under the rollback rate.

The announcement does not mean higher taxes for every taxpayer, just for some whose properties were reassessed at a higher value in 2017.

“Whether or not the taxes on an individual property increases or decreases depends on the amount of reassessment, if any, that property receives,” according to the school district statement.

The rollback rate is computed as the tax rate that would produce the same total revenue as the current year had there not been a reassessment. The rollback rate for school taxes in 2017 is 18.079 mills. The proposed budget calls for a school tax rate of 18.5 mills, which is a decrease from the current rate of 18.8 mills, but .421 mills higher than the rollback rate.

The millage rate equals $1 of taxes on every $1,000 of taxable value. Properties in Hall County are assessed at 40 percent of their value for tax purposes. For instance, a home worth $100,000 would pay $740 in school taxes under the proposed millage rate.

Since the Hall County Schools budget proposes a tax rate higher than the rollback rate, state law requires the district to advertise a possible tax increase and hold three public hearings to give people an opportunity to voice their opinions on the budget before its final approval June 26.

Those public hearings are set for the district office at 711 Green St. in Gainesville on the following dates: 5 p.m. June 12 and at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. June 26.

The final vote to approve the budget will come after the last public hearing.

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