Cherokee County sets public hearings on proposed tax increase

Cherokee County residents will have opportunities to comment on a proposed tax increase at three public hearings in July.

The hearings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 2; and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the Cherokee County Administration Building and Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Park, Canton. The Board of Commissioners is to vote on the increase the evening of July 16.

The board announced it has proposed a 2.92 percent increase in property taxes that will result in a tentative millage rate of 5.366 mills, an increase of 0.152 mills. Absent this increase, the millage rate would have been no more than 5.214 mills.

A home with a fair market value of $250,000 and a homestead exemption would see its property tax rise by $14.44; and the same home without a homestead exemption, by $15.20, according to the county.

The county proposes levying a net $56.4 million in taxes, up from $52.3 million last year, according to the Current 2019 Tax Digest and Five-Year History of Tax Levy. To view the tax digest: