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Hearing dates announced for proposed 2020 property tax increase in Dawson County
Dawson County BOE
The Board of Education building at 28 Main Street. - photo by Erica Jones

The Dawson County Board of Education has announced dates for three public hearings on a proposed 5.62 percent increase in property taxes that will be levied in Dawson County for 2020. 

According to a press release, the budget adopted by the Dawson County Board of Education this year will require a millage rate higher than the rollback rate the county is required to calculate each year, which would keep taxes even with those levied the previous year. 

The millage rate is the formula that calculates property taxes. One mill equals $1 for every $1,000 in assessed property value, which is 40% of the actual market value. The total millage rate is made up of the county’s rate and the school system’s rate. 

The proposed increase would increase the county's Maintenence and Operations Millage Rate by 0.803 mills, to a total rate of 15.778 mills. 

“The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $300,000 is approximately $100.80,” local school officials stated in a notice last week. “The proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $250,000 is approximately $84.00.”

Before the Dawson County Board of Education can set the final millage rate, they are required to hold three public hearings for citizens to express their opinions on the increase. Public hearings will be held at 5 p.m. Aug. 4, and 11:30  a.m. and 6 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the Dawson County Board of Education Central Office.