BLUE RIDGE Ga – Commissioners unanimously accepted the millage rate resolution for 2021 at the August 24 Fannin County Commission meeting.
The county portion of the millage rate is remaining the same as last year at 3.862 mills. By not accepting the rollback rate, the commission was required to advertise the millage rate as a tax increase. The notice concerning the property tax increase indicated:
“A home with a fair market value of $200,000 is $6.96 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $150,000 is approximately $5.22.”
However, Fannin County School Board is lowering their millage rate to 10.159 from 10.391 mills. So, Fannin County citizens will see an overall reduction in the millage rate from 14.253 to 14.021.
Three public hearings were held on the proposed tax increase before passing the resolution. Commissioners agreed maintaining the current rate was necessary to provide adequate services to Fannin citizens. At an earlier public hearing, Chairman Jamie Hensley stated it would bring some county employees up to a “livable wage” and that some fast-food workers were making more than government employees.
It’s a well-documented fact that North Georgia counties are experiencing difficulties keeping public safety staff because they can receive a higher wage elsewhere. Union County and the city of Hiawassee have both ran into trouble when trying to find people to fill law enforcement roles. They also cite pay as the reason why.
The state proposed a rollback rate of 3.775 mills so a deduction of 0.87 mills.