City of Jasper to potentially receive a property tax increase

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JASPER, Ga. – According to the City of Jasper, Georgia Facebook page, the City of Jasper will potentially be receiving a property tax increase pending public hearings held at the City Hall.


The Council Members of the City of Jasper have tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 2.62 percent.

All concerned citizens are invited to the Public Hearing on this tax increase to be held at City Hall, 200 Burnt Mountain Road, Jasper, GA 30143 on September 30, 2019 at 6:00 PM at a Special Called Meeting in the Council Chambers.

Additional Public Hearings on this tax increase will be heard in the Council Chambers City Hall, 200 Burnt Mountain Road, Jasper, GA 30143 on October 7, 2019 at 9:00 am and on October 7, 2019 at 5:30 PM. The millage rate will be adopted at a Regular Meeting on October 7, 2019 at 6:00 PM, following the public hearing.

This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 4.655 mills, an increase of 0.119 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 4.536 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $11.90.

According to Georgia law, all taxing agencies must advertise a tax increase and hold three public hearings to claim taxes on reassessed properties even if the millage rate remains unchanged as is the case in the City of Jasper. The City of Jasper has tentatively adopted a millage rate equal to last year’s millage rate of 4.655. The millage rate is not being increased in the City of Jasper. The tax rate will be the same for 2019 as it was in 2018.

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Commissioners’ finances see Tax Anticipation Note and fundraiser in April


JASPER, Ga. – The Pickens County Board of Commissioners saw a work session and immediate subsequent called meeting to finalize TAN Documents and bids for the county’s 2018 Tax Anticipation Note (TAN).

Having sent requests to five banks, the county received responses from two, Community Bank of Pickens and United Community Bank. The interest rates on the two bids saw Community Bank with 2.15 percent and United Community Bank at 3.36 percent.

Being a work session, the board had to leave its work session and officially open a called meeting in order to field a motion to accept Community Bank’s 2.15 percent TAN and a motion to approve Pickens County Board of Commissioners Chairman Rob Jones to execute the documents.

Additionally, the board was presented with a $10,000 check from the Wildcat Community as a reimbursement for their work on the Wildcat Community Fire Station. With a major ISO rating drop from 10 to five with the facility, the addition has proven more than effective. The station has constant need for water as it has responded to 191 incidents with six of those being major structure fires (four in Pickens County) since its opening in 2009.

This is part of the support for which the community is thanking the county, helping provide a tank for 45,000 gallons of water, which is half of the total 90,000 gallons now available in the area. The community offers its thanks to the Pickens BOC for its leadership and recognition of need for the area.

The community stretches across Pickens and Dawson counties and has received support from both counties. They continued raising funds for the original and a replacement fire engine better suited for the winding roads on the mountain.

The community has raised over $100,000 in support of fire services for the station and its need. That fund raising is what allowed them to provide the “reimbursement” to the county.


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