Upson County property owners can breathe a little easier when it comes to paying their taxes this year thanks to a one-time rollback due to $3.6 million of unexpended money from the Highway 36 project that did not happen in the 2005 SPLOST. The Board of Commissioners held a called meeting Thursday of last week to discuss the millage rate for this year and how much of a decrease property owners can expect to see on their tax bill.
Tax Commissioner Berry Cook stated that citizens will notice a significant change on their bills this year with a $250,000 home decreasing around $577; a $150,000 home decreasing around $346; a $100,000 home decreasing around $231 and a $50,000 home decreasing around $115.
While the board will not officially set the millage rate until September 6, they have decided that it will be 13.544 mills. Even though that number is technically a “roll up” from the 12.72 mils set last year, citizens will be receiving the decrease. The $3.6 million leaves a millage equivalent of 5.77 mills to be deducted from the gross rate of 13.544, leaving the actual millage rate at 7.77 mills.
The “roll up” will cover the roughly $252,000 shortfall in the general fund this year due to a decrease in the tax digest. According to County Manager Kyle Hood, this will allow the board to not make as large of cuts to departments as in years past when planning the upcoming budget for Upson County.