Posts tagged with "taxes"

Avondale and Decatur both see 20 percent growth in tax digest

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 1, 2015

Decatur and Avondale Estates are each reporting similar growth in their overall tax digests, and the recent annexation of property in both cities is at least partially responsible. The effect of annexation on the tax digest seems to be greater in Avondale Estates than Decatur, according to the top administrators of both cities. The city […]

What’s it to Utz? – Depth and taxes

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 25, 2015

By Hans Utz There are few topics that can ignite a debate as sharply as taxes.  I suspect the reason for this is twofold: 1) No one enjoys paying taxes, and 2) The compromises necessary to run any government mean that taxes are rarely spent exactly the way any one individual prefers. The net effect […]

Mayor: Decatur wants to eliminate city taxes for seniors

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt January 28, 2015

During Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett’s State of the City Speech last night, he announced that the city is pursuing legislation that would exempt the city’s seniors from paying city taxes. “We’re asking the general assembly for additional homestead exemptions,” Baskett said. “It would effectively eliminate city taxes for city operations for any taxpayer over 65 […]

School taxes – Millage rate hearing set

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 12, 2014

The Decatur School Board will hold two millage rate hearings in the next few weeks. The board unanimously voted to lower the millage rate from 20.9 mills to 20.5. However, as an announcement from City Schools of Decatur notes, due to higher property tax assessments, there will be an overall 4.27 percent increase in property […]

Tax increase – Property values drive hike

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt May 20, 2014

The Decatur City Commission adopted a tentative millage rate of 13 mills during its May 19 meeting. According to an announcement from the city, while the millage rate hasn’t changed, the rise in Decatur property values will mean an average increase of 6.62 percent in taxes. “This increase is consistent with new development and home sale […]

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