Forum scheduled to discuss Atlanta school tax exemption on Nov. ballot

Several Atlanta school board members and a state senator are scheduled to participate in a forum next week about a proposed school-tax homestead exemption that voters will consider in November.

The forum on property taxes and education funding will take place at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Sutton Middle School theater at 2875 Northside Drive in Atlanta. 

Participants are scheduled to include Georgia Sen. Jennifer Jordan, D-Atlanta; and Atlanta Board of Education members Byron Amos, Cynthia Briscoe-Brown, Nancy Meister, and Kandis Wood Jackson. 

The discussion will be about a measure aimed at increasing the exemption for the purposes of paying Atlanta school taxes. The legislature approved the proposal during its last session, and it now goes before voters for approval on Nov. 6. 

Atlanta residents currently receive a base homestead exemption that exempts them from paying school taxes on the first $30,000 of their home’s assessed value. The proposal would increase that exemption to $50,000, but all homeowners would start to pay taxes on the first $10,000 in value. For example, a homeowner with an assessed value of up to $60,000 would pay taxes on $10,000. 

The additional exemption would only be good for three years. If approved, it would apply to next year’s tax bills.

The forum is organized by North Atlanta Parents for Public Schools.

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