Public Hearing Monday on the ​proposed Walton County budget and tax rate

MONROE, GA: Residents of Walton County are invited to voice their opinions on the proposed 2020 Budget and millage rate in three meetings, the first of which is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, July 27. The meeting will take place in the boardroom of the Walton County Board of Commissioners offices in the Historic Courthouse at 111 S. Broad St. in Monroe. All interested persons are invited to attend. They are encouraged to submit written or oral comments concerning these issues.

A second meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at noon and then a final one at 5:30 p.m. that same day prior to the 6 p.m. August meeting.

The Walton County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a 2020 millage rate of 10.905 mills which will require an increase in property taxes of .228 mills, or 2.14 %. Although the rate is the same as last year, because of an increase in property values most property owners will see an increase in their tax bill. This requires three public meetings to afford taxpayers the opportunity to voice their opinion.

In a public notice posted on the website, WCBOC noted that without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 10.677 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $150,000 is about $13.68 and for a non-homestead property with a fair market value of $125,000 is about $11.40. 

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