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Dawson County BOE to hold millage hearings in August
Dawson County BOE
The Board of Education building at 28 Main Street. - photo by Erica Jones

In August, the Dawson County Board of Education will hold three public hearings and vote to adopt the millage rate for the current year. 

“The Dawson County Board of Education today announces its intention to increase the 2022 Property Taxes it will levy this year by 6.69 percent over the rollback millage rate,” a press release by the school system said. 

Every year, the board of tax assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county, the release said. When the trend of the property prices recently sold in the county indicate that there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to reassess, or re-determine the value of the property and adjust the assessment. 

When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires a rollback millage rate must be computed to produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage would have produced if no reassessments had occurred. 

“The budget tentatively adopted by the Dawson County Board of Education requires a millage rate higher than the rollback rate; therefore, before the Dawson County Board of Education may finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase,” the release said. 

The three public hearings about the tax increase are to be held in the Dawson County BOE Meeting Room at the Dawson County BOE Central Office, located at 28 Main Street. The three hearings are set to take place on Aug. 2 at 5 p.m., Aug. 9 at 8 a.m. and Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. The vote to adopt the millage rate will take place on Aug. 9, following the third public hearing.