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CONYERS — The Conyers City Council announced on July 2 its intention to increase the 2020 property taxes it will levy this year by 6.74% over the rollback millage rate.

The council has determined a property tax increase is necessary to offset the reduction in revenues due to COVID-19.

When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

The $19,466,101 budget tentatively adopted by the council requires that for a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase before the Conyers City Council may finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held in the city manager’s office at Conyers City Hall, 1184 Scott Street, Conyers, Georgia at the times indicated below:

♦ Wednesday, July 15, at 12 p.m.

♦ Wednesday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m.

♦ Wednesday, July 22, at 12 p.m.

The Conyers City Council will hold a called meeting on Wednesday, July 22, at 12:15 p.m. in the city manager’s office at Conyers City Hall for the purpose of setting the millage rate.

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Senior Reporter

Born and raised in Decatur, Ga. Graduated from Shorter College in Rome, Ga. in 1979 with B.A. in Communications. Worked in community newspapers for 26 years. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016.

(1) comment

keyisclarity

Was the pandemic a figment of my imagination? Apparently not since the COC is citing this as the reasoning for raising our taxes again. Are there no other resources (i.e. Loans, grants, federal assistance) available to postpone a tax hike? Why should we attend a public meeting when Covid-19 cases and deaths are still rising each day?

"Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase before the Conyers City Council may finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held in the city manager’s office at Conyers City Hall, 1184 Scott Street, Conyers, Georgia at the times indicated below:

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