The Johns Creek City Council voted unanimously Monday to keep the millage rate at 4.614 mils, the same rate it has been throughout the history of the city.
“The past four years the assess value has been on a downward trend,” Finance Director Monte Vavra said. “This year we’re down by 1.91 percent from one year ago and, quite frankly, our total assess valuation is below where we were at incorporation in 2007.”
Vavra said that as long as there are no further changes and all revenue is collected the city will bring in about $16.7 million in total tax revenue.
Two people spoke out at the public hearing before the vote, asking council to lower the millage rate.
“The thought that your citizens should be grateful you’re not increasing because they realize a decrease in taxes paid definitely is not a business case for an increase but it is a business case for a decrease,” said Johns Creek citizen Stephanie Endres.
Post 2 Councilman Brad Raffensperger defended his vote for keeping the millage rate the same because people will be paying less because property values have gone down.
Currently, the city charter specifies that the millage rate imposed for ad valorem taxes may not exceed 4.731 unless a change is vote for by the majority of eligible voters.