The City of Kennesaw announces property tax increase, millage rate hearings

Brick Kennesaw government building with four tall wooden columnsKennesaw government complex (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

The City of Kennesaw issued the following press release announcing an increase of taxes over the rollback millage rate.

Kennesaw, GA (July 29, 2022) — The City of Kennesaw today announces its intention to increase the 2022 property taxes it will levy this year by 15.99 percent for M&O and 13.81 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.

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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 8, 2022 at 6:00 PM and August 15, 2022 at 10:30 AM and 6:30 PM.

The city has scheduled the first hearing on the millage rate for Monday August 8 at 6 p.m. and the second hearing August 15 at 10:30 a.m.

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