The city commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday morning at a called meeting to keep the millage rate the same. The city had advertised the possibility of using the higher roll-back rate of 8.898 mills to bring in the same amount of revenue but opted to follow staff recommendations to keep the rate the same.
The difference in revenue, about $172,000 is expected to made up with increased tax collections. A 90 percent collection rate was used to determine the roll-back, but a 94 percent rate would bring in the budgeted $4,150,000 in property taxes, City Manager Kenny Smith explained.
Smith said the collections have exceeded projections in previous years, at about 95 percent.
Like the county, the city’s tax digest is down again from the previous year. The net city tax digest is $511,768,572, down $27,982,662 from the previous year.
On Monday the county voted to keep its property tax rate 15.01 mills and keep the fire district rate at 4,17 mills, while the Griffin-Spalding County School System, voted to increase its millage rate from 19.06 mills to 19.47 mills.