Fulton County Schools sets lower property tax rate than first planned

The new rate is still considered a 2.78% tax increase because of higher property values.

The Fulton County Board of Education lowered the property tax rate to 17.24 mills, a move that amounts to a 2.78% tax increase because of rising property values.

District leaders initially planned to set the rate at 17.49 mills, but the board recently authorized the slightly lower rate to give taxpayers more relief. The district reported it will forgo approximately $10.1 million in tax revenue because of the last-minute rate change.

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The change legally is considered a tax increase because the district would have had to roll back the rate to 16.773 mills to completely offset tax increases because of higher property assessments.

Under the new rate, the owner of a $350,000 home will pay about $64 more than if the rate had been rolled all the way back, according to district numbers.

Last year, the school property tax rate in Fulton County was 17.59 mills.