DeKalb County approved its mid-year budget adjustments and millage rates during their July 19 meeting. The millage rates include tax levies for both unincorporated DeKalb County and rates specific to city residents for county property tax billing purposes. The millage rate for county tax bills on properties within Decatur’s city limits is described in DeKalb’s levying resolution as follows:
A Tax of $10.715 per every $1,000.00 of assessed valuation is levied on all taxable property within the corporate limits of Decatur in said County, for General County Purposes to pay expenses of administration of County Government, build and repair public buildings and bridges, and pay expenses of Courts, Sheriffs, litigation and support of prisoners, pursuant to Article IX, Section IV, Paragraph I of the Constitution of the State of Georgia (9.240); to provide for the expenditures designated in the contract with the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority and the DeKalb Hospital Authority (0.740); and to pay expenses of County nonbasic police protection (0.207), and street and road maintenance of curbs, sidewalks, streetlights, and devices to control the flow of traffic on streets and roads, or any combination thereof (0.528), pursuant to the DeKalb County Special Services Tax Districts Act, Ga. L. 1982, p. 4396, as amended.
The county millage rate on Decatur properties of 10.715 is lower than in 2015, when it was 11.92 mills. Decatur sets its own millage rates for the purposes of city property tax billing separate from the county.