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What do the Figures Actually Mean?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  1. With all these consolidations, how do I just find the total value of all property in the county? 
    The Revenue Department has designed the reporting requirements for the consolidation sheets to accommodate the authorities levying taxes. The sheets represent a compilation of all taxable property within the tax district. If the person researching these sheets wishes to know the total amount of property in the county, the StateConsolidation Sheet will provide that information since the State district encompasses the entire county.

  2. Why two consolidation sheets for the county? 
    The county board of commissioners, in many instances, do not set a single millage rate that applies to all property in the county. County commissioners collect a tax that is imposed on the insurance premiums of policyholders that live in the unincorporated area of the county (cities collect the premiums for city policy holders) and the law allows the commissioner to give a property tax credit to taxpayers living in the unincorporated area. The commissioners may therefore levy one millage rate in the incorporated part of the county (the area within city limits) and a lower rate in the unincorporated area. For this reason, there is a separate consolidation sheet for the County Incorporated area and the County Unincorporated area. These two consolidation sheets, when added together, make up the total property taxable for county purposes.

  3. Are all the properties at 40% of their fair market value?
     No. Timber is listed on the digest at 100%. Also, some cities assess property at more than 40%.

  4. What about millage rate rollbacks? 
    Most counties collect local sales tax and give the property owners a property tax credit in the form of a rollback (reduction) of the millage rate to reflect the sales tax collections. The millage rates shown on the consolidation sheets are a net rate after these rollbacks have been applied. Also, as mentioned in #2 above, counties collect an insurance premiums tax that may be used to give property tax relief in the unincorporated area.

    Click here to find the Tax Digest Submission Package to view the report “Insurance Premium and Local Option Sales Tax Proceeds for Millage Adjustment.”

  5. I don't need the millage rate for a single levying authority, how do I find the total millage rate for the district? 
    The total millage rates may be quickly researched by looking at the vehicle millage rates (keep in mind that the previous year's digest rates are used on motor vehicles, for example, the millage rate used for taxing digest property in 2010 will be used on vehicles in 2011). The total rate can also be determined by adding together the individual millage rates set by all the authorities that are authorized to levy taxes in the district being studied.

  6. Millage for Incorporated Areas
    In most counties the millage for a city can be derived by adding the millage from the following consolidation sheets:

    • State
    • County -Wide School System or Independent School System
    • County Incorporated, and
    • Each special district, e.g., Fire, Recreation, Industrial Authority, Hospital, etc., that affects the incorporated area.
    • City

    Millage for Unincorporated Areas
    The millage can be derived for the unincorporated areas by adding the millage from the consolidation sheets for the:
    • State
    • County -Wide School System
    • County Unincorporated, and
    • Each special district: Fire, Recreation, Industrial Authority, Hospital, etc., that affects the unincorporated area.

Sales tax roll backs and insurance premium rollbacks have already been deducted from County Unincorporated.

Consolidated Counties

Four Georgia counties Chattahoochee,Clarke, Muscogee and Richmond have consolidated their city and county governments and no longer have incorporated and unincorporated areas. Instead, some have special service districts within the consolidated county that may or may not represent the old city limits. In consolidated counties the whole county is an incorporated area.

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