Walker County Announces Plan to Lower Millage Rate

LaFayette, GA – When property owners in Walker County receive their tax notices later this year, they will see a slight decrease in the county’s portion of the millage rate.

Commissioner Shannon Whitfield plans to reduce the rate for residents in both the unincorporated and incorporated areas of the county.

The new rate of 9.822 mills for Walker County residents in unincorporated locations represents a 0.16% reduction in county taxes.

City residents will experience a 0.28% decrease, as the tax rate for property owners in incorporated areas will be set at 13.293 mills.

The lower tax rate comes on the heels of Walker County Government ending the “Public Health Facilities and Services District,” aka the Erlanger fee, for this upcoming tax cycle.  These two developments mean those with property valued at $100,000 will save over $140 from the county’s portion of the tax bill this year, although changes made by other taxing authorities may impact an individual taxpayers overall savings.

“The days of lease purchases and loans are behind us,” said Commissioner Whitfield.  “We continue to reduce debt, operate on a fiscally responsible budget and explore creative options to enhance revenue, so we can hold the line on property taxes.  The sacrifices endured over the past two and a half years have positioned Walker County to grow and prosper as we progress into the next decade.”

The new millage rate will be adopted at the Commissioner’s Regular Meeting on August 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Courthouse Annex III building, located at 201 S Main Street in LaFayette.

Walker County Tax Digest 2019

Walker County to Hold Three Public Hearings to Set Millage Rate

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield plans three public hearings this month to provide citizens with an opportunity to learn more about how the millage rate may impact them.

The proposed fiscal 2019 budget includes the same millage rate as last year for residents in the unincorporated areas of Walker County. However, due to the tax digest formula, city residents will experience a slight property tax increase of 0.177 mills, or 1.35%. The adjustment works out to be $7.64 on a home worth $100,000.

“We continue to show significant progress toward our goal of financial recovery,” said Commissioner Whitfield. “In the past year, we’ve reduced our debt, operated on a fiscally responsible balanced budget and charted a course to enhance our sales tax base through the Walker Rocks tourism initiative. I appreciate the outstanding teamwork of our county employees, and the shared sacrifices we have all endured, as we continue on a path to growth.”

Hearings will take place on the following dates/times and locations:

  • Thursday, August 23rd at 6 p.m. – Walker County Courthouse Annex III (201 South Main Street, LaFayette)
  • Thursday, August 30th at 10 a.m. – Walker County Civic Center (10052 US-27, Rock Spring)
  • Thursday, August 30th at 6 p.m. – Walker County Courthouse Annex III (201 South Main Street, LaFayette)

The millage rate will be adopted at a Special Called Commissioner Meeting on August 30th following the third public hearing.

2018 Tax Digest
2018 Tax Digest
Notice of Property Tax Increase
Notice of Property Tax Increase