Blue Ridge, Ga – Fannin County’s 2019 millage rate dropped by 5.7% after Board of Education and Commissioners both lower their portions.
Commissioners decreased their rate to 3.938, which was .875 mills down from 2019. The Board of Education dropped to 10.593 from 2018’s 11.20 mills.
The combined rate equals 14.531 for the total millage rate in 2019.
Post Two Glenn Patterson asked if the lowering had, “Any negative effects?”
Post One Earl Johnson explained the county is worth more this year than last year.
“There’s more taxable dollars on the digest that means we can’t keep charging the same millage rate or it’s going to be considered a tax increase,” stated Johnson, “I don’t think there’s going to be any negative effects. I just think learning situations like [ISO rating] that needs to be in the old churner a lot sooner.”
A net gain of $200,000 will go into the general fund for the county even with the millage rollback.
“I think the citizens of the county deserve any tax relief we can give them,” said Chairman Stan Helton.
“It’s nice having the cheapest millage rate in the county, but if it’s not allowing you to equal good services,” said Johnson, “At some point in time, there’s a Board of Commissioners going to have to evaluate our services versus our millage rate and evaluate accordingly.”
Helton added that a tax increase is the last option and would rather cut budgets to maintain county operations.
Commissioners unanimously approved the rollback.