Property taxes in Watkinsville may increase 8.74 percent due to higher property assessments. 

“This tentative increase will result in a city millage rate of 2.508 mills, an increase of 0.208 mills over the rollback rate but no actual millage rate increase from last year,” according to city officials.  

The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $200,000 is approximately $16.64, and the proposed tax increase for a commercial property with a fair market value of $550,000 is approximately$45.76.

There will be public hearings at Watkinsville City Hall on July 10 at 6 p.m., July 17 at 11:30 a.m. and July 17 at 7 p.m. 

Employment competitive 

Watkinsville is continuing its recent commitment to making city jobs more appealing and competitive. 

After implementing an across-the-board pay raise, the council has adopted a health insurance plan in which 75 percent of family medical coverage is covered by the city. Before, the city offered a flat $465.07 per month, which left some employees and their families uninsured by the city, said Councilman Brian Brodrick. 

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