By Bob Pepalis
Although the city of Brookhaven has no plans to change its tax rate for the next fiscal year, some property owners could be paying more in property taxes – but only if their property value rose as a result of DeKalb County’s revaluation of assessments. If a property’s value went down, it could mean a lower tax payment.
Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis said at the June 10 City Council meeting that as long as he is mayor, he will not let the millage rate go up from its current 2.85 level.
Brookhaven Finance Director Bonnie Kline said all of the tax digest is up 14 percent. However, she added that the city won’t get the official numbers until July 1, which is a day after the City Council must vote on the millage rate by state law.
The city adds taxable public utility rights of way and motor vehicles, two property categories that were not included in Brookhaven’s 2013 tax digest.
“This increase in valuation shows that Brookhaven is a good investment that is paying off for the residents. Our city is growing, improving and getting better every day,” said Mayor J. Max Davis. “And we’ll keep the millage a half mill below the cap and continue delivering high levels of service.”
Kline reminded City Council and local residents that homeowners are eligible for the basic homestead exemption and a freeze in their assessment for city and county property taxes. School system taxes are not included in that assessment freeze.
Brookhaven will hold three public hearings on DeKalb County’s recent revaluation of real property tax assessments as it prepares to set the 2014 millage rate:
Brookhaven City Hall
4362 Peachtree Road
June 17 – 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.
June 30 – 10:30 a.m.
After the final public hearing at 10:30 a.m. on June 30, the millage rate will be voted on and formally adopted.