Hall County taxpayers will see new tax service districts on their bills in September, a result of the county’s service delivery strategy (SDS) agreement with its cities that aims to avoid duplication of services.
In the summer of 2017, the county was required by Georgia law to present an updated SDS to the state. Some of Hall’s cities provide services to their residents, and the agreement helps ensure that people are only being taxed for the services they are actually receiving.
For example, city of Gainesville residents will not see a millage rate for parks and leisure on their upcoming tax bill because Gainesville has its own parks department, according to Zach Propes, the county’s financial director.
“It’s really based on equitability and making sure property owners are charged based on services available to them and services received based on location,” Propes said.
Residents in unincorporated Hall will see a new tax district for developmental services, which includes road maintenance, planning, code enforcement and engineering. There will also be a new tax district for emergency services that will apply to all people in both unincorporated and incorporated Hall. That millage rate will cover Emergency Medical Services, which the whole county receives.
The fire services district and its millage rate structure will not change, and all property owners except those in the city of Gainesville will see that tax district on their bills.
The taxes property owners owe will depend on where they live and the value of their property, county spokeswoman Katie Crumley said.
The county is hosting two information meetings about the tax districts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20 at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.
Service Delivery Strategy agreement information meetings
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20
Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville