The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners announced it will consider a rollback millage rate increase of 1.38 mills to 16.91 mills for this year.
The BOC will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the BOC Assembly Hall, 901 N. Main St. in Conyers, to consider setting the millage rate for Maintenance and Operations.
If approved, it will be the second year in a row the county will have raised its millage rate. Last year, the M&O millage rate was raised to 15.53 mills.
County property values declined for the third year in a row with foreclosures driving the market. The 16.91 mills would generate $40.49 million, if approved. That is down from the $40.59 million in county tax revenue.
The millage rate is used to raise money required to balance the county's general fund budget through the end of the year. In 2010, the county suffered a significant drop in tax revenue that resulted in the county having to bridge a $4.2 million budget gap through spending cuts and a reduction in workforce.
Though the proposed millage rate is an increase in itself, it is expected to raise less revenue, 0.2 percent less than last year. In 2010, the revenue generated with 15.53 mills produced 2.9 percent less revenue than in 2009.
Rockdale Commission Chairman Richard Oden declined comment on the budget process until after the board sets the millage rate. Commissioner JaNice Van Ness offered a general statement that she hoped "We will look closely at our budget to make sure that it can be pared down so that it is as lean as possible," in an email response to questions.
Van Ness added that she supports using any found funds in the budget to "enhance salaries of public safety personnel."
Commissioner Oz Nesbitt did not respond to an email request for comment.
The county's tax digest dropped from $3.006 billion in 2010 to $2.784 billion this year.
The tax rate for each property is based on its assessed value times 40 percent, then multiplied by the millage rate. For example, a $100,000 house before exemptions would have a county M&O tax bill of $674.40 based on $40,000 of taxable value.
The Sept. 15 meeting is a rescheduling of a previous called meeting for Sept. 8. The legal notice issued by the county to advertise the setting of the millage rate did not include the new proposed millage rate and had to be readvertised.