Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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CONYERS -- The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners will hold a called meeting for the purpose of setting the 2012 millage rate on Sept. 4, 6 p.m., at the J.P. Carr Community Center.
The called meeting will immediately precede the BOC's regular evening work session. Both meetings are open to the public.
BOC Chairman Richard Oden said Wednesday that the board has not discussed what the 2012 millage rate might be and no decision has been made.
Tax Commissioner Dan Ray said earlier this week that the county's tax digest had decreased less than anticipated from the prior year, making it possible for the county to maintain its current millage rate. Rockdale's net digest decreased by 4.5 percent from 2011. Based on the past two years' experience, Ray said he had advised local governments to budget expecting a larger decrease. From 2009 to 2010 the digest decreased by 9.1 percent; from 2010 to 2011 the digest decreased by 8.4 percent.
The county's current millage rate is 16.91 mills. In 2011 the county adopted a rollback millage rate increase of 1.38 mills, which brought the millage to the current rate. The rollback rate is the rate needed to collect the same amount of tax revenue as the year before in spite of declining property values.