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Property tax increased proposed in Chatham County

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The Chatham County Board of Commissioners announces on Thursday a plan to increase property taxes.

The proposal calls for these increases, according to a commission news release:

  • 13.49 percentage over the rollback millage rate for General Maintenance and Operations taxes
  • 17.18 percentage over the rollback millage rate for Special Service District taxes
  • 45.20 percentage over the rollback millage rate for Chatham Area Transit Authority

State law requires a rollback millage rate be computed that results in the same total revenue for the current property tax year that last year's millage rate would have totaled if there were no reassessments of property values.

The Chatham County Commission's proposal calls for a higher millage rate than the rollback millage rate.

Georgia law requires the commission to hold three hearings for public input before the board can finalized the budget and set a final millage rate.

Chatham County residents can weigh in on the proposed tax hike at three upcoming meetings:

  • June 20 at 9:30 a.m.
  • June 20 at 6 p.m.
  • June 28 at 9:30 a.m.

The hearings will be held at the Chatham County Commissioner's meeting room 124 Bull St. in Savannah. 

If the hearings are found to not be required by law, the three hearings could be canceled and the Chatham County Commission can take action at their meeting at 9:30 a.m. June 28, according to the news release. 

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