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Below are two House bills regarding Property Tax.

These bills amended the process for the collection of ad valorem taxes. Many feel this is a fairer system.

If you have any questions regarding these bills, send them to: info@uniongop.org



 
House Bill 1762 (AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE)
By: Representatives Ralston of the 6th, White of the 3rd, Post 2, and Forster of the 3rd,
Post 1



 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT
 

 
To provide for a homestead exemption from certain Fannin County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base year assessed value of such homestead; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1.
 
(a) As used in this Act, the term:
(1) "Ad valorem taxes for county purposes" means all ad valorem taxes for county purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of Fannin County, including but not limited to any ad valorem taxes for special district purposes and to pay interest on and to retire county bond indebtedness.
(2) "Base year" means the taxable year immediately preceding the taxable year in which the exemption under this Act is first granted to the most recent owner of such homestead.
(3) "Homestead" means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A., with the additional qualification that it shall include only the primary residence and not more than 10 contiguous acres of land immediately surrounding such residence.
(b) Each resident of Fannin County is granted an exemption on that persons homestead from all Fannin County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of that homestead exceeds the base year assessed value of the homestead. This exemption shall not apply to taxes assessed on improvements to the homestead or additional land that is added to the homestead after January 1 of the base year. If any real property is removed from the homestead, the base year assessed value shall be adjusted to reflect such removal and the exemption shall be recalculated accordingly. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation.
(c) A person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section unless the person or persons agent files an application with the tax commissioner of Fannin County giving such information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination as to whether such owner is entitled to such exemption.
(d) The tax commissioner of Fannin County shall provide application forms for the exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section which shall require such information as may be necessary to determine the initial and continuing eligibility of the owner for the exemption.
(e) The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year so long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper application as provided in subsection (c) of this section, it shall not be necessary to make application thereafter for any year and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under subsection (b) of this section to notify the tax commissioner of the county or the designee thereof in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption.
(f) The exemption granted by this Act shall not apply to or affect state ad valorem taxes, county or independent school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes, or municipal ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes. The homestead exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section shall be in addition to and not in lieu of any other homestead exemption applicable to county ad valorem taxes for county purposes.
(g) The exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2005.

 
SECTION 2.
 
Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Fannin County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of Fannin County for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 2004, and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Fannin County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:
 
"(  )  YES

(  )  NO

 

 
Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from certain Fannin County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base year assessed value of such homestead?"
 
All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote "Yes," and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote "No." If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, Section 1 of this Act shall become of full force and effect on January 1, 2005. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Fannin County. It shall be the election superintendents duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.

 
SECTION 3.
 
Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.

 
SECTION 4.
 
All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.

 

 

 


 

House Bill 1764 (AS PASSED HOUSE AND SENATE)
By: Representatives Ralston of the 6th, White of the 3rd, Post 2, and Forster of the 3rd,
Post 1



 

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT
 

 
To provide for a homestead exemption from Fannin County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base year assessed value of such homestead for certain residents of that school district who are 70 years of age or older; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA:

SECTION 1.
 
(a) As used in this Act, the term:
(1) "Ad valorem taxes for educational purposes" means all ad valorem taxes for educational purposes levied by, for, or on behalf of the Fannin County School District, including, but not limited to, any ad valorem taxes to pay interest on and to retire county school district bonded indebtedness.
(2) "Base year" means the taxable year immediately preceding the taxable year in which the exemption under this Act is first granted to the most recent owner of such homestead.
(3) "Homestead" means homestead as defined and qualified in Code Section 48-5-40 of the O.C.G.A., as amended, with the additional qualification that it shall include only the primary residence and not more than ten contiguous acres of land immediately surrounding such residence.
(4) "Income" means gross income, as defined by Georgia law, from all sources. For purposes of this Act, gross income shall not include income received as retirement, survivor, or disability benefits under the federal Social Security Act or under any other public or private retirement, disability, or pension system.
(5) "Senior citizen" means a person who is 70 years of age or over on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption under this Act is made.
(b)(1) Each resident of the Fannin County School District who is a senior citizen and whose annual income does not exceed $20,000.00 for the immediately preceding taxable year is granted an exemption on that persons homestead from Fannin County School District taxes for educational purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of that homestead exceeds the base year assessed value of the homestead.
(2) In the event a senior citizen is granted the exemption under this Act and that person was receiving another base year assessed value homestead exemption with respect to Fannin County School District ad valorem taxes, the base year assessed value for purposes of the exemption under this Act shall be the most recent adjusted base year assessed value that person received pursuant to such other base year assessed value homestead exemption.
(3) This exemption shall not apply to taxes assessed on improvements to the homestead or additional land that is added to the homestead after January 1 of the base year. If any real property is removed from the homestead, the base year assessed value shall be adjusted to reflect such removal and the exemption shall be recalculated accordingly. The value of that property in excess of such exempted amount shall remain subject to taxation.
(c) Any person who, as of December 31 of the year prior to the first year such person applies for and receives the homestead exemption under this Act, has applied for and is eligible to receive any other base year assessed value local homestead exemption with respect to Fannin County ad valorem taxes for education purposes shall be eligible automatically for the exemption granted by this Act without applying therefor. Otherwise, a person shall not receive the homestead exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section unless the person or persons agent files an application with the tax commissioner of Fannin County giving such persons age and such information relative to receiving such exemption as will enable the tax commissioner to make a determination regarding the initial and continuing eligibility of such owner for such exemption. The tax commissioner of Fannin County shall provide application forms for this purpose.
(d) The exemption shall be claimed and returned as provided in Code Section 48-5-50.1 of the O.C.G.A., as amended. The exemption shall be automatically renewed from year to year so long as the owner occupies the residence as a homestead. After a person has filed the proper application as provided in subsection (c) of this section, it shall not be necessary to make application thereafter for any year and the exemption shall continue to be allowed to such person. It shall be the duty of any person granted the homestead exemption under subsection (b) of this section to notify the tax commissioner of the county in the event that person for any reason becomes ineligible for that exemption.
(e) The exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section shall not apply to or affect state ad valorem taxes, county ad valorem taxes for county purposes, municipal ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes, or independent school district taxes for educational purposes. The homestead exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section shall be in addition to and not in lieu of any other homestead exemption applicable to county school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes with the exception that it shall be in lieu of any other base year assessed value homestead exemption applicable to county school district ad valorem taxes for educational purposes.
(f) The exemption granted by subsection (b) of this section shall apply to all taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2005.

 
SECTION 2.
 
Unless prohibited by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the election superintendent of Fannin County shall call and conduct an election as provided in this section for the purpose of submitting this Act to the electors of the Fannin County School District for approval or rejection. The election superintendent shall conduct that election on the date of November, 2004, state-wide general election, and shall issue the call and conduct that election as provided by general law. The superintendent shall cause the date and purpose of the election to be published once a week for two weeks immediately preceding the date thereof in the official organ of Fannin County. The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:
 
"(  ) YES

 
 (  ) NO
 

 

 
Shall the Act be approved which provides a homestead exemption from Fannin County School District taxes for educational purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base year assessed value of such homestead for residents of that school district who are 70 years of age or older and whose income does not exceed $20,000.00?"
 
All persons desiring to vote for approval of the Act shall vote "Yes," and those persons desiring to vote for rejection of the Act shall vote "No." If more than one-half of the votes cast on such question are for approval of the Act, Section 1 of this Act shall become of full force and effect on January 1, 2005. If the Act is not so approved or if the election is not conducted as provided in this section, Section 1 of this Act shall not become effective and this Act shall be automatically repealed on the first day of January immediately following that election date. The expense of such election shall be borne by Fannin County. It shall be the election superintendents duty to certify the result thereof to the Secretary of State.
 

 
SECTION 3.
 
Except as otherwise provided in Section 2 of this Act, this Act shall become effective upon its approval by the Governor or upon its becoming law without such approval.
 

 
SECTION 4.
 
All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are repealed.