Cobb County announces tax levy increase over the roll-back rate

Cobb County government building in article about rental assistanceCobb County government building (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

Cobb County issued the following press release this afternoon:

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners today announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year, over the rollback millage rate, by 3.66 percent in the County Maintenance & Operations (General) Fund.

Each year, the Board of Tax Assessors is required by Georgia law to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county.

When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the county indicate there has been an increase or decrease in the fair market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment.

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This is called a reassessment. When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a “rollback” millage rate must be computed according to specific instructions issued by the Georgia Department of Revenue.

This hypothetical “rollback” millage rate would have produced the same total tax revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

The continued recovery of the Cobb real estate market is the primary reason for this modest growth in property values and this corresponding increase in the county’s property tax digest.

The 2020 proposed millage is higher than the recently computed “rollback” millage rate. Therefore, before the Cobb County Board of Commissioners may set the final 2020 millage rates, Georgia law requires that three public hearings be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.

The Cobb County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is proposing the property tax millage rate of the General Fund be set at 8.46; the Fire millage rate at 2.86; the Debt Service (Bond Fund) millage at 0.13; the Cumberland Special Services District II millage rate at 2.45, and the Six Flags Special Service District millage rate at 3.50.

State law requires the County to advertise a “Tax Increase” in the press and on the County’s website.

All citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Board of Commissioners meeting room located at 100 Cherokee Street, Marietta, Georgia on Tuesday, July14, 2020, at 9:00 AM,

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 6:30 PM and on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 7:00 PM.

The Board of Commissioners will adopt the 2020 Property Tax Millage Rates for its five tax districts (General, Fire, Debt Service, Cumberland Special Services District II, and Six Flags Special Services District) following the third public hearing at the BOC Meeting on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 7:00 PM

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3 Comments on "Cobb County announces tax levy increase over the roll-back rate"

  1. Patricia S Ray | August 10, 2020 at 10:49 pm | Reply

    We appealed our valuation 3 years ago, so this year I was shocked when I opened my Annual Notice of Assessment and saw that my valuation had more than Doubled. Needless to say, I have appealed basically on the same grounds as 3 years ago. no improvements or renovations have been done on my home. I don’t even have central heat and air.

  2. A tax professional should do more than prepare the tax return

  3. Lucy Plunkett | May 19, 2021 at 3:00 pm | Reply

    This is outrageous considering that nothing has been done to the streets and or neighborhood in which I live. Only the added housing that has gone up around me! Until I see improvement I will appeal a property tax hike such as this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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