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All three tax millage public hearings on Aug. 3, Aug. 4, and Aug. 10, will be held in the Rockdale County Assembly Hall at 901 Main Street in Conyers.

CONYERS — There is good news and bad news with the proposed 2021 millage rate for Rockdale County. The good news: The rate is not changing from the 2020 rate of 18.016 mills. The bad news: Despite the rate remaining the same, property taxes are increasing by 7.94%.

The 18.016 mills tentatively adopted by the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners is the same rate as last year. But because property values increased this year, the same millage rate will generate a greater amount of tax revenue.

State law requires that when this occurs, the county must also consider a rollback millage rate that would generate the same amount of revenue as raised the previous year. The rollback rate for 2021 is 16.69 mills. By keeping the rate the same as last year’s rather than taking the rollback rate, the county is considered seeking an increase of 1.326 mills.

The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $33.15 more than paid last year. For non-homestead property with a fair market value of $300,000, the increase is approximately $159.12 more than the previous year.

Rockdale County is one of only two counties in the state with the Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST). Under the HOST, county voters agreed in 2002 to an additional 1% sales tax for most retail purchases in exchange for the county providing a homestead exemption on residential properties.

The county determines the HOST percentage based on the amount of sales tax revenue generated the previous year. The proposed HOST percentage for 2021 is 70%, the same percentage it has been since 2018.

Rockdale County will hold three public hearings on the proposed millage rate:

♦ Tuesday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m., Assembly Hall at 901 Main St. in Conyers.

♦ Wednesday, Aug. 4, 6 p.m., Assembly Hall at 901 Main St. in Conyers.

♦ Tuesday, Aug. 10, 9:30 a.m., Assembly Hall at 901 Main St. in Conyers.

The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners will hold a called meeting to set the county millage rate on Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. (or following the public hearing) in the Assembly Hall at 901 Main St. in Conyers, just prior to the board’s regularly scheduled meeting.

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Senior Reporter

I've worked in community newspapers for 30 years, including Editor of the Jackson Progress-Argus from 1993-1999. Started at Rockdale Citizen/Newton Citizen in January 2016. Started as Senior Reporter at the Jackson Progress-Argus in December 2019.

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