Forsyth County sets millage rate hearings

Forsyth County has scheduled public hearings in July on its plan to keep the county’s millage rates unchanged, a decision that would increase property taxes levied this year by 1.89 percent over the rollback millage rate.

The hearings are set for 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. July 21 at the county Administration Building, 110 E. Main St., Suite 220, Cumming. The maintenance and operations rate will remain 4.642 mills; the fire rate, 1.975 mills; and the bond rate, 1.419 mills.

Forsyth has proposed a fiscal 2017 budget with a general fund of $116.4 million, 6.9 percent more than FY 2016’s $108.9 million. Funds are provided for merit and cost-of-living increases for employees, and 21 new full-time positions.

Also, $3 million is in the capital fund to begin replacing public safety radios for agencies including the Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department, a three-year process that will cost $9 million total.

The Board of Commissioners is to vote on the millage rates at 7 p.m., July 21.