The Board of Commissioners will hold state-required public meetings in August for its tentatively adopted millage rate. For unincorporated areas, the rate will stay the same as last year, 6.686. However, the rate is considered a tax increase due to higher assessed property values. 

The property digest reflects an increase of $135.9 million in assessed values from last year. The countywide tax digest totals $2.1456 billion. 

The uptick in assessed property values translates to a tax increase of about 6.46 percent for unincorporated areas. 

Incorporated areas will see a 7.93 percent increase with a tentative millage rate of 7.626. 

A family with a home that has a $350,000 fair market value will see an additional $56.03 on their tax bill. The tax increase for incorporated areas of the county will add $77.28 to a family’s bill for a home at the aforementioned value. 

Residents of Watkinsville will also an additional 8.74 percent in their city tax bill due to the council choosing not to adopt a “rollback rate” that would have prevented a tax increase. 

The Board of Education, however, has lowered its millage rate from 17 to 16.5 mills, thus avoiding a tax increase for public school spending. 

Before the Board of Commissioners adopt the millage rate Aug. 27 at 6 p.m., it will hold three pubic hearings at the following dates and times at the Oconee County Courthouse: 

Aug. 6 at 6 p.m.

Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. 

Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m. 

For more on this story, see the July 25 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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