Forsyth tentatively adopts higher millage rate

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners tentatively adopted millage rate adjustments that will cost the owner of a $200,000 house an additional $118 a year.

The county operations and fire protection rates will go up, but the millage rate for bond indebtedness will drop slightly.

With the general decrease in property values, some homeowners may pay less or about the same as they did last year.

The commissioners are acting in the face of a projected $13 million budget shortfall in 2011.

There will be three public hearings for citizens to learn more at the Forsyth County Administration Building at 110 East Main Street in Cumming on Thursday, July 15, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; and Thursday, July 22, at 5 p.m. Following the third public hearing, the Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting for the adoption of the millage rate.

The proposed county maintenance and operation rate is 5.429 mills, up from 3.834 mills. The proposed fire rate is 1.975 mills, up from 1.841 mills. The proposed bond rate is 0.947 mills, down from 1.196 mills. This represents a total county millage increase of 1.48 mills.

-Christopher Quinn

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