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Springfield Proposes 24.5% Property Tax Increase

The City of Springfield recently announced that it plans to raise property taxes by 24.54 over the rollback millage rate. 

The City of Springfield recently announced that it plans to raise property taxes by 24.54 over the rollback millage rate.

Citing a static millage rate for the last five years, the mayor and council said in a recent press release that the 4.80 millage rate will increase for the 2020 tax digest to a millage rate of 5.80 mills. If approved, it will be the first increase since the 2014 tax digest. A tax rate of one mill represents a tax liability of one dollar per $1,000 of assessed value, so for every $100,000 of the fair market value of a house, the tax rate in Springfield would increase from $192.00 to $232.00.

A person with a $100,000 home would see an increase of $40. A person with a $300,000 home would see a $120 increase, and so on.

The City said the requirement to increase taxes comes after the most recent budget as adopted by mayor and council reflected increased expenditures.

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.

When a millage rate higher is proposed at a rate higher than the rollback millage rate, local governments are required to hold public hearings prior to adoption by the council so that citizens and business owners may ask questions and express their concerns.

The final public hearing on this tax increase to be held at the City of Springfield Council Chambers, 130 South Laurel Street, Springfield, Georgia on August 11, 2020 at 6 p.m.

How to Figure Your Own Tax: The assessed value (40 percent of the fair market value) of a house that is worth $100,000 is $40,000. In a city where the millage rate is 4.8 mills the property tax on that house would be $192.00 for every $100,000 of the fair market value, so 5.8 mill multiplied by 40 (assessed value multiplier) is $232.00 for every $100,000 of fair market value.

Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."

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