The budget up for consideration by the Alpharetta City Council proposes to leave the millage rate at its current 5.750 level through the 2021 tax year/2022 fiscal year. The city has maintained that rate since 2009.
Public hearings regarding the millage rate will be held on the following dates and times in the Council Chambers at Alpharetta City Hall at 2 Park Plaza:
♦ July 26 at 6:30 p.m.
♦ August 2 at 11:30 a.m.
♦ August 2 at 6:30 p.m.
The city of Alpharetta is investing revenue growth to augment public safety services as well as increase capital investment in our infrastructure.
Citizens are also encouraged to view the adopted budget on the city of Alpharetta website, www.alpharetta.ga.us and through the financial transparency portal www.alpharetta.ga.us/government/departments/finance/transparency-portal.
The city’s millage rate is composed of two separate levies that total 5.75 mills: the maintenance and operations levy provides funding for essential city services and capital investment and is proposed at a rate of 4.935 mills; the bond levy provides funding for the city’s voter-approved general obligation debt and is proposed at a rate of 0.815 mills.
Due to the impact of property tax reassessments, the city is advertising a property tax increase of 3.1% for the maintenance and operations millage levy — the larger of the two levies.
When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires the computation of a rollback millage rate 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 proposed maintenance and operations millage rate exceeds the rollback millage rate, therefore, before the City Council can set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires the advertisements discussed above as well as three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.
The proposed millage rate, coupled with the city’s Homestead Exemptions, “goes great lengths in keeping Alpharetta an affordable place to live and strategically positions us relative to neighboring areas,” a news release said.
The city’s multiple homestead exemptions are estimated to save homeowners $5 million annually and include:
♦ Floating Homestead exemption that caps the taxable value growth of homesteaded properties to the lesser of 3% or CPI.
♦ Basic Homestead exemption of $45,000 off the assessed value of homesteaded properties which is among the highest in the state.
♦ Senior Basic Homestead exemption of $25,000 off the assessed value of homesteaded properties for residents age 65 and older.
♦ Senior full-value exemption available to residents age 70 and older who meet certain income requirements.