Decatur hosting public hearings into proposed millage rate increase

Homeowners can weigh in on the city of Decatur’s proposed .49 mill millage rate increase on June 11 and 18.

The Decatur City Commission plans to increase the millage rate to 11.17 mills for the 2018-19 fiscal year, up from the current 10.68 mills.

Public hearings takes place at Decatur City Hall, at 509 N. McDonough St., on June 11 at 6 p.m. and on June 18 at 3:30 p.m.

The commission will vote to adopt the new millage rate on June 18 at its 7:30 p.m. meeting.

The final mill will determine revenues for general operations, capital improvements and downtown development authority operations.

The commission adopted the tentative millage rate at its May 21 meeting but is expected to change it after the 2018 DeKalb County property tax digest, released on May 24, came in 8.9 percent higher than the 2017 tax digest.

Decatur officials credit about 36 percent of the digest increase to new property value, not reassessments.

“Based on the 2018 tax digest from DeKalb County, it is anticipated that the final 2018 millage rate, which is scheduled to be adopted on June 18, will be reduced from the tentative millage rate of 11.17,” the city  said in a May 25 statement.