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Posted on: July 28, 2022

City Council votes to adopt lowest millage rate since 1987

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City Council votes to adopt lowest millage rate since 1987

SAVANNAH (July 28) – Savannah City Council voted, 6-3, this evening to approve a millage rate of 12.2, which is the city’s lowest millage rate since 1987. This rate will reduce property taxes for most of the 19,096 Stephens-Day exemption qualified households. The new adopted rate is above the rollback rate but reduces the current tax rate by more than half a mill, saving taxpayers a collective $3.2 million and providing taxpayers with needed relief. 

 

The amount above the rollback, in part, will be used to implement major public safety pay increases aimed at addressing long-term recruitment and retention initiatives. The pay increases will adjust starting pay for positions in the Savannah Police and Fire departments from entry-level through middle management, with the minimum pay rate increasing to $48,000 for Savannah Fire and $50,000 for Savannah Police. These increases are both up from a current starting salary of approximately $44,000. 

 

“I applaud the members of council for reducing city taxes to the lowest level since 1987 while making substantial investments in public safety to help us retain and recruit police officers and firefighters,” said Mayor Van R. Johnson, II. “We must be competitive and we aim to lead the pack.”

 

Georgia law required the city to advertise the adopted rate of 12.2 as a tax “increase” since the rollback rate was not proposed for adoption. While the anticipated revenues derived from this rate are higher than the rollback rate, the adopted rate itself was reduced from 2021, as seen in the chart below. The adopted millage rate of 12.2 mills represents the lowest tax rate since 1987.

 

 

City of Savannah Millage Rates

YEAR

MILLAGE

YEAR

MILLAGE

YEAR

MILLAGE

YEAR

MILLAGE

1971

26.00

1986

9.00

2001

13.70

2016

12.48

1972

30.00

1987

11.30

2002

13.70

2017

12.48

1973

28.00

1988

13.30

2003

13.30

2018

13.40

1974

28.00

1989

13.30

2004

13.10

2019

12.856

1975

27.00

1990

13.30

2005

12.90

2020

12.739

1976

27.00

1991

14.30

2006

12.70

2021

12.739

1977

9.00

1992

14.30

2007

12.50

2022

12.20

1978

9.00

1993

15.90

2008

12.50

 

 

1979

8.50

1994

17.46

2009

12.50

 

 

1980

8.50

1995

17.46

2010

13.00

 

 

1981

8.50

1996

17.46

2011

12.50

 

 

1982

8.50

1997

17.46

2012

12.50

 

 

1983

8.50

1998

16.93

2013

12.48

 

 

1984

9.00

1999

16.50

2014

12.48

 

 

1985

9.00

2000

14.80

2015

12.48

 

 

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