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Tax digest now under review
Kim McGlothlin  cnty CFO
Kim McGlothlin - photo by Courier file photo
According to Liberty County tax officials, the tax digest currently is under review and property-tax bills are scheduled to go out by the end of the year.
“We’re striving to get taxes billed sometime possibly between November and December,” Kim McGlothlin, chief financial officer for Liberty County, said.
According to Tax Commissioner Virgil Jones, officals already have taken the first steps to getting the digest approved.
“So far, we have a preliminary consolidation report. It is preliminary to allow us to review it for errors or for any type of changes that need to be made to make sure that the digest is accurate,” he said.
“If no changes are needed then this will be the digest information that will be submitted to the Department of Revenue for approval prior to generating property tax notices,” Jones explained. “The Tax Assessor’s Office met its deadline of having the digest ready for submission prior to the Department of Revenue’s deadline of Aug. 1.”
Once the assessor’s office gets approval and makes any necessary corrections, Jones will wait for the five entities that contribute to the digest to set their mill rates. The entities are the city of Hinesville, the Liberty County Development Authority, the Liberty County Hospital Authority, the Board of Education and the county.
“So far, none of the taxing authorities have approved a mill rate,” Jones said. “And at this point, I have not been informed by any of the authorities as to when they plan to determine their rates. Once I have received all approved mill rates then I must submit the digest to the Department of Revenue for approval, then we can begin calculating and mailing tax notices.”
McGlothlin said the timeline could possibly hit a snag during the mill-setting stage since some of the entities, specifically the BoE, try to hold off setting a rate to first see how much funding they’ll get from government agencies.
“They are really held to the fire to try and wait to see if they fall within a certain percentage,” McGlothlin said.
The CFO said she’s unable to make any predictions about whether any of the rates will rise or stay the same this year.
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