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School Tax Exemption.

It is proposed that the School Tax M&O on the Property Taxes be eliminated for persons 67 years or older.

This will be presented ton the State Legislature if the county can get enough signatures on the petition.

Rockdale Citizen mis-information.

In both the print version and the electronic version of the Rockdale Citizen they printed the following:

“In order for a senior citizen exemption to be allowed, it would first have to be approved by the Rockdale Board of Education, then by the General Assembly, and then be placed on a ballot as a referendum in Rockdale County.”

This is contains incorrect information.

The petition will be presented to the Rockdale Legislative Delegation as a Ballot Initiative to be placed on the ballot in the May Primary elections.

This will appear as a Yes or No vote on the ballot. If the majority of the citizens of Rockdale vote Yes, it immediately becomes law.

As a ballot initiative this does not have to be approved by the Board of Education or the Rockdale Board of Commissioners.

Update: The Rockdale Citizen has updated their Digital Edition to remove the requirement for a BOC or BOE approval.

Please SIGN The Petition.

 

House Bill 1102

We all need some Tax Relief, especially if you are a property owner in a market where the value of your property has increased in leaps and bounds over the last year.

The HOST Tax is a 1 percent sales tax. It also requires that at least 80 percent of the previous year’s HOST revenue to be used for property tax relief for homestead properties, which directly reduces the county tax liability of homestead property owners in municipalities and the unincorporated part of the county. Up to 20 percent of the revenue can be used to fund infrastructure improvements. Properties eligible for county homestead exemptions are also eligible for HOST property tax relief. County homestead properties are the primary, non-commercial residences of homeowners, which includes single-family homes and condominiums. This means that commercial properties, such as rental apartments and business establishments do not qualify for property tax relief from HOST revenues. The value of the HOST tax reduction varies by taxpayer with higher-valued homes or homes facing higher millage rates experiencing larger tax reductions. The reduction in taxes for each homestead property is equal to the net county tax liability of the property multiplied by the HOST credit rate. The HOST credit rate equals the ratio of sales tax receipts from the prior year to the value of the county homestead property tax revenue, multiplied by one minus the capital factor.