Douglasville keeping tax rate steady
by Liz Marino
lmarino@mdjonline.com
August 11, 2012 01:17 AM | 1350 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DOUGLASVILLE — A special Douglasville City Council meeting earlier this month brought some good news for the city’s taxpayers.

The council unanimously approved the 2012 millage rate for the city of Douglasville at 3.854 mills, managing to keep the same maintenance and operations rate for the past five years.

This did not happen by accident, Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons said.

“I credit good business practices and a good staff for managing our citizens’ resources,” he said. “We want to make sure we are good stewards of the money we receive and try to do what our citizens are having to do during these difficult economic times.”

The city’s budget is 7 percent smaller than in the year before, Persons said.

A general obligation bond for the Public Safety and Municipal Court Building was set at 1.643 mills for a total tax rate of 5.497 mills.

Douglasville Finance Director Karin Callan said the average homeowner will actually pay less in property taxes as values continue to decrease.

“The millage rate is determined by the mayor and city council based on information received by the tax commissioner,” Callan said. “The rate determines the property tax revenue that is received by the city.”

Douglasville’s tax digest has steadily declined since 2008, when it was $1.29 billion. The city’s 2012 tax digest is $1.04 billion. The digest is the value of all real and personal property, as well as registered vehicles, in the city, and city leaders use it to establish tax revenues and set the annual budget.
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