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City Schools of Decatur holding hearings on property tax increase

The Decatur School Board meets on Jan. 12, 2016. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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The Decatur School Board meets on Jan. 12, 2016. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Decatur School Board meets on Jan. 12, 2016. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

City Schools of Decatur will hold public hearings next month regarding a tax increase.

The millage rate – 18.66 – will not change, but it will still be an increase due to the increase in property values around Decatur, Finance Director Susan Hurst said. The average increase in property taxes will be .80 percent, she said.

The School Board adopted the tentative millage rate on June 14.

“The City Schools of Decatur Board of Education will hold public hearings regarding this issue on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.,”  Hurst said. “The final millage will be set at the Board of Education meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. All meetings are held in the Board of Education Room, City Schools of Decatur Central Office Building, 125 Electric Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030.”

This increase does not include the tax to pay off the $75 million in General Obligation bonds approved by voters in November.

“It is two different millage rates,”  Hurst said. “If you review a COD tax bill you will see one line for the 2016 School for 18.66 mills and another line for 2016 Bond School for 1.57 mills. Please remember that they are not for the same purposes.”

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