• By Kathleen R Dickinson
  • Friday, May 28, 2021

Millage Rate to remain the same, tax increase announced due to non-rollback

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Muscogee County School District

2960 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906

For Immediate Release

MEDIA RELEASE

Columbus, GA Pursuant to the requirements of Georgia law, the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) will hold three public hearings as part of its process for setting the millage rate.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on the setting the millage rate to be held through Zoom and livestream on the District YouTube http://bit.ly/mcsdyoutube or in person at the Public Education Center Boardroom, 2960 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia at the dates and times indicated.

  • Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, June 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m
  • Monday, June 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

The millage rate for 2021 will be set at a meeting held through Zoom and livestream, on the District YouTube http://bit.ly/mcsdyoutube on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

The District is adhering to social distancing and may require face covering.

By state law, local taxing authorities, such as MCSD, must either keep their tax collections revenue-neutral (by decreasing the millage rate to offset the gained taxes from the property value updates) or announce a tax increase (even though the actual millage rate is not increasing). The Board is considering adopting a millage rate of 23.321, a rate unchanged from FY2021, but 0.214 mills higher than the rollback rate of 23.107 mills. At the tentative rate, 0.93% more revenue will be generated for FY 2022, requiring the announcement of a proposed property tax increase. However, taxpayers whose property values have not increased will see no increase in their school tax bill.

The Board has determined that this proposed mill levy is necessary to provide the resources needed for all students to achieve as we continue in our efforts to be a premier school district. State budget cuts are again compounded by the fact that the property tax digest for Muscogee County has not increased significantly in recent years. The Board of Education must then levy 6.25 mills of tax to provide the local five-mill share revenue required for participation in the state education funding program.

A copy of the budget along with the 5 Year Tax Digest and M&O Levy History are available for public review on the District’s website at www.muscogee.k12.ga.us or through the MSCD Division of Financial Services.