Walker County, Georgia, proposes property tax increase

Staff file photo / The Walker County Board of Commissioners, shown at swearing-in ceremonies on Dec. 30, 2020, will hold three public meetings about the proposed general budget in coming weeks. A change in the millage rate will increase property taxes. From left are Chairman Shannon Whitfield, District 1 Commissioner Robert Blakemore, District 2 Commissioner Mark Askew, District 3 Commissioner Brian Hart and District 4 Commissioner Robert Stultz.

Due to a change in the millage rate that will cause an increase in property taxes, the Walker County Board of Commissioners has announced three public meetings as required by Georgia law.

The proposed millage rate was discussed at the Walker County Board of Commissioners on Thursday night, along with the county's fiscal year 2023 proposed general budget. The county's $31.6 million budget will be adopted by the commission along with the new millage rate at the final meeting planned for Sept. 1.

"We are looking at how much property valuations have gone up," said Shannon Whitfield, chairman of the Walker County Board of Commissioners, at the meeting. "And the average property evaluation has gone up in our county this past year, they tell us, around 25%. This (millage rate) represents that rollback to offset that inflationary factor of increases in property values."

Public