ROCKDALE COUNTY, GA—Dozens of citizens gave the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners an earful at two public hearings held on Aug. 2 concerning the county’s proposal to raise the property tax millage rate by 45.42 percent.
County officials stated in a news release that the increase would result in a millage rate of 20.758 mills, an increase of 6.483 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 14.275 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $250,000 is approximately $551.06 and the proposed tax increase for non‐homestead property with a fair market value of $275,000 is approximately $713.13.
Many of the speakers at the public hearings were elderly residents on fixed incomes who said any additional property taxes would pose a hardship for them. They told the board they were already struggling to make ends meet, while paying for costly medication and the rising costs of food. One senior broke down in tears as she addressed the board. The seniors were not alone, however. Single mothers, veterans and young people also voiced their opposition to the proposal.
Both public hearings—the one at 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m.—were packed. People had to stand outside in the heat as they waited for a chance to enter the building and take turns speaking. A number held up signs outside the building protesting the proposed hike.
The third and final public hearing will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 10 a.m., at the county’s Assembly Hall, 901 Main Street, Conyers.
The BOC will vote on the proposed millage rate on Aug. 16, 6p.m., at the county’s Assembly Hall, 901 Main Street, Conyers.
The meetings will be streamed via Facebook live on our Rockdale County Government Facebook page and on our website at www.rockdalecountyga.gov
Rockdale County Board of Commissioners Millage Rate Hearing – August 2, 2022 6p.m.
Broadcasted 8/2/22 5:55pm – 8/2/22 8:20pm
Rockdale County Board of Commissioners Meeting – August 2, 2022
Broadcasted 8/2/22 9:55am – 8/2/22 1:26pm