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Getting a lot for your property tax?

Getting a lot for your property tax?

You don’t hear people brag too often about how much they are getting in exchange for their property taxes. Actually, it sometimes seems that folks think there’s pretty much no connection at all between what they pay and what they get.

Maybe there is, maybe not.

But if there is a link, there should be a way to measure it, yes?

At least, that’s the contention of Smart Assets, a financial technology company that offers information and analysis about things like retirement, credit cards and home-buying.

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The New York-based company has done a calculation of every county – that’s every county! – using a small, but significant set of metrics: the county’s property tax rate, school performance and crimes rates. Put ‘em all together in a mathematical blender and this is whatcha get, Smart Assets says:

Smart Assets has ranked every county in Georgia. The best bang for your property tax buck in Georgia is Wilkes County.

In metro Atlanta, the best ranking is Gwinnett, 81st in the state.

Bang for the Property Tax Buck

Top five counties in the state

CountyTax RateSchool Rating*Crimes per 100,000
Wilkes1.00%9198
Wheeler.89%8706
Pierce1.10%9620
Wilkinson.93%8899
Chattahoochee.70%1228

Core five counties in metro Atlanta:

CountyTax RateSchool Rating*Crimes per 100,000
81. Gwinnett1.31%102,495
90. Cobb.85%92,775
123. Clayton1.18%24,510
130. Fulton1.14%46,135
131. DeKalb1.18%25,601

*Company rated schools from 1 to 10, based on performance of students on standardized testing.

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