Public hearing will be held on property tax increase

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia, today announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year over the rollback millage rate in the following taxing districts:

Urban Services District #1, #5, #6, #7                    4.70 percent

Urban Services District #2                                       3.50 percent

Urban Services District #4                                       1.00 percent

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 budget tentatively adopted by the Columbus Consolidated Government requires that a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate.  Therefore, before the Columbus Consolidated Government 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.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held in the Council Chambers on the plaza level of the Government Center Tower, 100 10th Street, on June 11, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., June 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. and June 18, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.