County approves millage rate

Published 8:02 pm Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Troup County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to keep the millage rate at 11.309, which is the current rate.

There was no comment during any of the public hearings on the millage rate. The commissioners attributed the steady rate for the last four years to county growth and conservative spending.

“I feel like these last four years, we have made some decisions to make sure we operate within the budget as established, and we did not have to increase people’s taxes,” County Commission Chairman Patrick Crews said. “We all pay property taxes too, so we are very, very sensitive to that.”

Crews thanked county staff for doing their part to help the county remain within its budget.

Commissioner Morris Jones noted that there is an appeal process for anyone who feels that their home value was raised too much.

“The millage rate is staying the same, but if anybody’s property went up, they do have the privilege to go before the tax assessors board and appeal that number from one year to the next year,” Jones said. “Some people’s property gets evaluated during the year, and it does go up on the valuation.”

However, Commissioner Lewis Davis said that some home appraisals may remain higher than previous years due to the rise in home sales, which increases demand and value. That same growth is also making it easier for the county to maintain the current millage rate, according to Crews. 

“We look forward to growth in Troup County,” Crews said. “Growth is heading this way and increasing building. New businesses are coming. … The growth that we are generating within the county will go a long way to helping us stay within our budget, so there is something very positive to that growth that is headed our way.”

The Troup County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet again on June 28, at 9 a.m. at 100 Ridley Avenue.