Dawson County Public Notices

Notice of Property Tax Increase

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 4.45 percent.

The tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 8.138 mills, an increase of 0.347 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 7.791 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $250,000 is approximately $34.70 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $200,000 is approximately $27.76.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Dawson County Courthouse/Administration Building located at 25 Justice Way, Dawsonville, Georgia on August 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room at the Dawson County Courthouse/Administration Building located at 25 Justice Way, Dawsonville, Georgia on August 17, 2017 at 9:00 am, and August 17, 2017 at  6:00 pm.

Each year, the Board of Tax Assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the County. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the County indicate there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the Board of Tax Assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment. This is called a reassessment.

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 FY 2018 budget tentatively adopted by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate to be able to maintain and continue to provide much needed services to the citizens of the County. Therefore, before the Dawson County Board of Commissioners may finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.

CURRENT 2017 TAX DIGEST AND 5 YEAR HISTORY OF LEVY