Brookhaven, GA, June 30, 2017 – by Anna Williams for The Post – Brookhaven Councilmembers voted unanimously Thursday to keep the City tax Rate for 2017 at 2.74 mills, the same level as 2016. The Council also adopted the rate for the Special Services Tax District at 6.450 mills, which is the same rate as FY 2016. Opting to keep the 2017 millage rate the same as 2016, Council did not adjust the rate down to the “roll-back”, a number generated to illustrate where the City would have to adjust (lower) the City tax rate to keep year-over-year tax collections neutral. However, the City says by adopting the 2.74 millage rate means property tax for homesteaded residents will not increase.
According to Assistant City Manager and CFO Steve Chapman, since the inception of the City property taxes have only decreased and the City of Brookhaven has the lowest millage in DeKalb County. Also, Chapman noted that the City will continue the policy of providing $933,953 for the Capital Improvement Plan. As for the Special Services Tax District, back in December of ’14, the City Council adopted an ordinance creating a Special Taxing District in the I-85, North Druid Hills area. This district funds police and other safety services from the imposition of an ad valorem tax mill rate on properties in this designated area.
For conversation sake and based upon estimates provided by DeKalb County Tax Assessors office on 5/19/2017 and the City of Brookhaven presented actuals as of 6/29/17, the below chart shows where Brookhaven falls when compared to Chamblee, Doraville and Dunwoody.
|2016 Millage||2017 Millage (advertised)||Value of 1 Mill (estimated)||Property Taxes Generated (est.)|
|Chamblee||6.40||6.40||$1.25 Million||$8.00 Million|
|Brookhaven||2.74||2.74 (adopted 6/29)||$3.01 Million||$8.259 Million|
|Doraville||8.371||8.951||$0.52 Million||$4.65 Million|
|Dunwoody||2.74||2.74||$3.33 Million||$9.12 Million|