County commissioners to discuss millage rate options for FY 2020-21 during tomorrow's meeting

Tomorrow's Stephens County Commission meeting will be held via teleconference at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, July 14. To attend the meeting, call (425) 436-6345 and enter the access number 584174#. Please mute your phone during the meeting. Those who wish to speak during the Public Hearing or public comment section of the meeting will be asked to unmute their phone when appropriate.

July 14 Stephens County Commission Meeting Agenda


CALL TO ORDER

WELCOME VISITORS

INVOCATION/PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


APPROVE AGENDA


APPROVE MINUTES


JUNE 23, 2020 – LAND USE PUBLIC HEARING AND REGULAR MEETING


OLD BUSINESS

  1. None

NEW BUSINESS

  1. BOARD TO CONSIDER MOTION TO SET TENTATIVE 2020 MILLAGE RATE TO REMAIN THE SAME AT 14.91 MILLS

  2. BOARD TO CONSIDER MOTION TO AUTHORIZE CHAIRMAN TO SIGN LETTER TO THE USARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS REQUESTING GA PRATHER BRIDGE ACCESS BE ADDED TO OUR LEASE AGREEMENT

  3. BOARD TO CONSIDER MOTION TO RE-APPOINT MARK SMITH TO THE STEPHENS COUNTY BOARD OF FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES FOR A FIVE YEAR TERM ENDING JUNE 30, 2025

  4. BOARD TO CONSIDER MOTION TO APPROVE FY 2020 BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR MARTIN FIRE AND COUNTY EXTENSION AND AUTHORIZE CHAIRMAN TO SIGN RESOLUTION

  5. BOARD TO CONSIDER MOTION TO APPOINT MR. PHILLIP TEASLEY AS THE STEPHENS COUNTY CHAPLAIN AND AUTHORIZE CHAIRMAN TO SIGN RESOLUTION

INVOICES OVER $5000

  1. C.W. MATTHEWS – $43,179.91

  2. C.W. MATTHEWS - $44,454.14

  3. C.W. MATTHEWS - $45,464.38

  4. FIRELINE - $8,693.25

  5. VI.MATTERS FROM DEPARTMENTS

  6. ADMINISTRATOR / FINANCE REPORT

  7. DEPARTMENT REPORT

  8. COMMISSIONERS REPORT

MATTERS FROM CITIZENS – TIME LIMIT OF THREE (3) MINUTES


EXECUTIVE SESSION

ADJOURNMENT


CONNECTLOCAL Note: Following the commission's setting of a tentative millage rate, two public hearings will be scheduled to allow citizens to address commissioners on the millage rate prior to it's adoption. The time and date of those public hearings are expected to be announced at tomorrow's commission meeting.


FYI


Georgia Senate Bill 177, Act 431 was signed April 30, 1999 and became effective January 1, 2000.


One of the purposes of SB 177 was to prevent indirect tax increases resulting from increases to existing property values in a county due to inflation.


Each year there are two types of value increases made to a county tax digest;

  • increases due to inflation, and

  • increases due to new or improved properties.

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.


Increases in the digest as a result of new or improved properties are not considered in computation of rollback rates or the requirements triggered by rollback rates. Only increases in the digest as a result of re-valuation of existing properties to adjust for inflation are addressed by the rollback rate and associated millage rate requirements.


I a levying authority (county governing authorities, school boards and municipal governing authorities) rolls back the millage rate each year to offset any inflationary increases in the digest, no further action regarding the millage rate is required of the Commission.


If, however, the Commission elects to set their millage rate higher than the rollback rate, they will be required:

  • to hold three public hearings,

  • place notices of the increase in the paper and

  • issue press releases.

Notification of Tax Increase With Three Public Hearings The levying authority must hold three public hearings allowing the public input into the proposed increase in taxes.

  • Two of these public hearings may coincide with other required hearings associated with the millage rate process, such as the public hearing required by O.C.G.A Section 36-81-5 when the budget is advertised, and the public hearing required by O.C.G.A. Section 48-5-32 when the millage rate is finalized.

  • One of the three public hearings must begin between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm in the evening.

Publish Notice in Paper One Week Before Each Hearing The levying authority must publish a notice in the paper one week in advance of each of these three public hearings.


Press Release to Explain Tax Increase The levying authority must issue a release to the press explaining its intent to increase the taxes.





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