Kennesaw announces tax increase, millage rate hearings

Kennesaw City HallKennesaw government complex (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

The City of Kennesaw announced a tax increase of 7.27 percent for M&O (Maintenance and Operations) and 6.61 percent for bond debt service.

State law requires three public hearings in the event of a tax increase.

For more information read their press release and the schedule of public hearings reprinted below:

The City of Kennesaw today announces its intention to increase the 2021 property taxes it will levy this year by 7.27 percent for M&O and 6.61 percent for Bond over the rollback millage rate.

Each year, the board of tax assessors is required 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 in the fair market value of any specific property, the board tax assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment. 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 that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

The budget tentatively adopted by the City of Kennesaw Council requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate; therefore, before the City of Kennesaw Council 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.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the City of Kennesaw Council Chambers located at 2529 J.O. Stephenson Avenue, Kennesaw, Georgia on August 9, 2021 at 6:00 PM and August 16, 2021 at 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM.

More information on the millage rate and the budget can be found by following this link.

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