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City continues tax tradition with no FY 2015-16 millage
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Even without a budget for the next year set in stone, the Dawsonville city council has once again decided not to tax its residents for living inside the city limits.

The council voted Monday during its May regularly called meeting to roll its millage rate back to zero for the upcoming year.

"We will have no city tax for fiscal year 2015-16," said Dawsonville Mayor James Grogan. "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."

While the budget for the next fiscal year has yet to be set, the city has decided in advanced to not increase its millage rate.

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