Statement on HB 604 from Sen. Judson Hill

ATLANTA (March 26, 2013) – Sen. Judson Hill (R – Marietta) has released the following statement regarding HB 604. The legislation would suspend the ability to increase the millage rate—the percentage used to calculate property taxes—in Fulton County for two years.

“Fulton County is home to 10 percent of Georgia’s population and carries substantial fiscal obligations. That percentage translates to a large number of people who are impacted even by the slightest of tax increases, and Fulton County’s high rate of per capita spending has already been transferred to the taxpayer in form of several other tax assessments.

Georgia is still navigating through tough economic times, and it is wise to put measures in place that will suspend the possibility of sudden and considerable property tax increases. HB 604 will prevent property tax increases in Fulton County for a two year period.  As Fulton County continues the struggle to meet its fiscal obligations, it will become necessary to ask if these substantial costs are funding essential county government functions or if expenses or programs can be eliminated, consolidated or reduced.”

For Immediate Release:
March 26, 2013

For Information Contact:
Jennifer Yarber, Interim Director