Property Taxes

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General Information

Ad valorem taxes, more commonly known as property taxes, are levied for the maintenance and operations of the City, including public safety services, roadway maintenance, building inspections and other vital services to make Alpharetta a safe, secure, and livable city for our residents, businesses, and visitors. Property taxes are also levied for certain public improvements funded by voter approved general obligation debt (bonds).

All real estate and personal property is taxable unless exempted by law. Real property is land and generally anything that is affixed to the land; personal property is everything not considered real property, usually consisting of inventory and fixtures used in conducting business as well as boats, aircraft, machinery, etc.

The basis for ad valorem taxation is the fair market value, as determined by the Fulton County Board of Assessors. The tax is levied on the assessed value of the property which is established at 40% of the fair market value (unless otherwise specified by law). The amount of tax is determined by the tax millage rate.

The City of Alpharetta Finance Department is responsible for the billing and collection of property taxes for our municipality and relies solely on the Fulton County Board of Assessors for tax information that pertains to property owners, fair market and assessed values, and property/billing addresses

Millage Rate and Taxpayer Savings

The City’s millage rate for 2017 (fiscal year 2018) is the same as the prior year at 5.75 mills while funding $35 million in capital investment (including funding for capital improvements as well as maintenance of our current infrastructure) that is focused on alleviating traffic congestion, expanding sidewalk connectivity, improving park amenities, etc.

The City’s millage rate of 5.750 mills includes 4.72 mills for general government (i.e. operations and recurring capital) and 1.03 mills for debt service on voter approved bonds. The following table provides a detailed breakdown of the City’s millage rate levies since 2000.

The city provides a $40,000 homestead exemption that saves our homeowners over $2.4 million annually (e.g. equates to a 1.3 mill reduction for the average homeowner). The city’s homestead exemption is more than double the amounts offered from our companion cities and goes great lengths in keeping Alpharetta an affordable place to live and raise a family.