11 July 2013

Fulton County Republicans Oppose Proposed Tax Increases for South Fulton

In what is being described as a violation of state law, Fulton County Commissioners are preparing to increase property taxes in unincorporated south Fulton.

The Fulton County Republican Party, Wednesday, asked their members to contact the commission and urge them to vote down this tax increase.

At its meeting on the 19th of June, the Fulton County Commission voted five to one, with one abstention, to raise the millage rate in south Fulton from 10.469 to 12.469; an increase of two mills. Liz Hausmann, a Republican from north Fulton, was the lone vote against raising south Fulton taxes.

With an estimated population of 87,628, south Fulton represents about 9.5% of the total Fulton County population. A wave of municipalization between 2005 and 2007 --resulting in the new cities of Chattahoochee Hills, Johns Creek, Milton, and Sandy Springs-- left south Fulton standing alone as the only unincorporated area in Georgia's largest county.

A Georgia Unfiltered comparison between unincorporated south Fulton taxes and taxes in nearby cities show the proposed south Fulton millage rate would be higher than millage rates [in parentheses] in Atlanta (10.240), Chattahoochee Hills (10.958), Fairburn (9.98), Palmetto (8.50), and Union City (10.598). Property taxes in these five cities and unincorporated south Fulton pay for services like police, fire, zoning and planning, parks and recreation, environment and community development, and public works.

The Fulton County GOP asked, in an email to members, "Are we getting new services for this property tax increase? Has the rainy-day fund (reserves) re-filled?" The answer to both questions is NO.

"We need as many people as possible to show their contempt for these types of shenanigans by Fulton County government and STOP this property tax increase," the Republican email continues.

The Fulton County Commission will hold a public hearing 17 July, where they will vote on the proposed tax increases.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10AM in the Assembly Hall of the Fulton County Government Center, located at 141 Pryor Street, Atlanta, Georgia, 30303.