Millage hearings begin Monday
CARNESVILLE – Hearings on the millage rates to fund county and school budgets will begin next week.
Franklin County commissioners will hold hearings on its millage Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.
Commissioners are scheduled to set its millage rate Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
The Franklin County Board of Education will hold hearings on the millage rate Aug. 15 at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Aug. 22 at 5 p.m.
Both boards must hold the series of hearnings because they have advertised plans to maintain their current millage rates, despite a reassessment of county property this year.
State law mandates that local governments roll back any increase in the digest from property revaluation unless they hold hearings and advertise “a property tax increase.”
Franklin County is advertising a plan to maintain its millage rate of 10.813 for unincorporated areas and 11.96 for incorporated areas.
The difference in the two millage rates is due to an insurance premium rebate given for unincorporated areas.
By advertising to maintain the millage, commissioners retain the option of lowering the rate.
Commissioners may hold hearings and then lower the millage rate, she said, but they can’t skip hearings and then maintain the current millage.
Last year, the Franklin County Board of Education approved lowering the millage rate from 16.868 mills to 15.8 mills.
They are proposing to keep the millage rate at 15.8 mills for 2019.
The tax digest’s history and advertisements announcing the proposed tax increases by both the school system and Franklin County are in this week’s paper.