Agenda Item #


Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

June 18, 2013
Agenda Report #



TO: Mayor and Councilors

SUBJECT: FY 2014 Tax Millage

INITIATED BY: Finance Department

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Recommendation: Approve an ordinance levying ad valorem tax rates for the calendar year 2013 in support of the FY 2014 Budget for the Columbus Consolidated Government for the fiscal year July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.

Background: The Budget which was presented to Council on April 30, 2013 includes property tax revenue based on a projected net county operating digest of $4,503,199,031 in all districts, which is 1.77% increase to the 2013 state approved digest for the county.

Analysis: The proposed millage reflects no increase in the millage for Urban Service District #1, Urban Service District #2, or Urban Service District #4. Therefore, the proposed millage rates are as follows: in Urban Service District #1, 17.09 mills; in Urban Service District #2, 11.11 mills; and in Urban Service District #4, 10.21 mills; plus a Debt Service millage of .79 for all districts.

Alternatives: The Tax Millage Ordinance will be on second reading June 25, 2013. Any delay beyond that date will delay the delivery and return of property tax bills.

Financial Considerations: Based on the projected net digest, these tax rates in conjunction with the debt digest will provide $75,891,582 of revenues for the FY 2014 budget. Based on the projected net digest, the three Business Improvement District’s tax millages will produce combined revenues of $567,571, which will be remitted less commission fees to the Business Improvement District.

Legal Considerations: In accordance with O.C.G.A. 48-5-32, the proposed tax millages and levy for the current year and five prior years have been advertised prior to Council adoption.

Recommendations/Actions: Approve an ordinance levying ad valorem tax rates for the calendar year 2013 in support of the FY 2014 Budget for the Columbus Consolidated Government for the fiscal year July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.