Fayette County approves rolled-back tax rate

Credit: Courtesy Fayette County

Credit: Courtesy Fayette County

Fayette County has reduced its property tax millage rate for the coming year. The Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 on Aug. 26 to adopt a rolled-back rate of 4.034 mills for its general fund, which is a decrease of 5.68% from last year’s rate of 4.277 mills. The millage rates for fire services (3.07), EMS (0.456) and E-911 (0.21) will remain the same. Chief Financial Officer Sheryl Weinmann told the board that the projected tax digest for 2021 will be $7.122 billion, up from the $6.67 billion collected in 2020.

A home valued at $250,000 in the unincorporated county would be assessed $2,679 in taxes, 72.5% of which goes to the school system and 14.3% goes to the county maintenance and operation budget; the fire department gets 10.9%, EMS gets 1.6% and 911 gets 0.7%. Tax distribution varies in Fayette’s incorporated cities and towns based on their respective rates, with residents in the unincorporated areas paying the least and those living in Brooks, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Tyrone paying the most, respectively.

Charts showing the detailed breakdowns are in the meeting’s agenda packet at www.fayettecountyga.gov.