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City rolls back millage rate

POSTED: July 10, 2013 4:00 a.m.

Dawsonville is continuing its longstanding tradition of not levying a city property tax on residents.

The council voted earlier this summer to roll its millage rate back to zero for the upcoming year.

"It changes every year based upon the budget, but has always been rolled back to a net zero tax," said James Grogan, Dawsonville mayor.

The council approved its 2013-14 spending plan at $1.2 million in June.

"Because we effectively manage our [sales] tax revenue to provide for the cost of city government, the necessity of an ad valorem tax is not needed," he said.

A mill is equal to $1 for each $1,000 in assessed property value. Assessed value is 40 percent of actual market value.

Governments determine millage rates by calculating the dollar amount needed to fund general operations for the year.

Dawsonville residents still must pay county property taxes, but the last municipal property tax was more than 30 years ago, according to city records.

There has been no change for city property owners since then, aside from any fluctuations they may have experienced after the county reassessed values.




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