Douglas County Tax Information

Unincorporated Douglas County  (Only)
  

 

Douglas County - Millage Rate (Breakdown)


Year State  County   School  School Bond  Unincorporated
2002 .25 7.728 18.550 .970 27.498
2003 .25 7.728  19.767 1.033 28.778
2004 .25 7.631 19.484 1.018 28.383
2005 .25 7.349 18.400 .900 26.899
2006 .25 8.240 19.400 .900 28.790
2007 .25 7.861 18.700 1.000 27.811
2008 .25 7.826 18.350 1.350 27.776
2009 .25 7.932 18.350 3.000 29.532
 2010 .25 9.900  20.000  4.100 34.250
 2011  .25    9.900  19.850  3.100 33.100
 2012 .20 9.900 19.850 2.100 32.050
2013 .15 12.250 19.850 1.800 34.050

*Unincorporated* (Excludes city residents)

SALES TAX 
The sales tax in Douglas County is currently 7 percent
Please see the following breakdown for an explanation of it's composition:

  • 4% State of Georgia
  • 1% Douglas County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax
    (dedicated to the construction of the new law enforcement center)
  • 1% Douglas County School System Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax
  • 1% Douglas County Local Option Sales Tax (to reduce property tax millage rate)
    • 79.06% to Douglas County
    • 20.00% to City of Douglasville
    • 0.69% to City of Villa Rica
    • 0.25% to City of Austell

GENERAL TAX INFORMATION
Ad valorem tax, more commonly called property tax, is a large source of revenue for local governments in Georgia. Ad valorem means "according to value." Properties in Douglas County are taxed on 40% of the fair market (appraised) value by law as of the 1st day of January each year. 

The millage rate, or tax rate, is determined each year by the State of Georgia, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Douglas County School Board, Douglasville City Council, and the Villa Rica City Council.


WHO's WHO - DOUGLAS COUNTY (PROPERTY TAXES)
APPRAISAL DEPARTMENT:
The staff of the Appraisal Department is under the direction of the Board of Assessors, which is directed by the State of Georgia Department of Revenue. The staff is responsible for appraising all property, both real and personal, and determining the ownership of the property. Appraisal Department: 770.920.7228

BOARD OF ASSESSORS:
Appointed by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners for a three-year term, but only answerable to the State of Georgia Department of Revenue; charged with the responsibility of carrying out all State laws and mandates concerning property assessments. Board of Assessors: 770.920.7228

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION:
The Board of Education is not a part of County government, but is an independent body governed by five Board members who are popularly elected. They set the millage rate for the Douglas County School System which includes monies for school construction and maintenance, operations, and bonds. Board of Education: 770.920.4000

CITY OF DOUGLASVILLE, MAYOR and COUNCIL:
Mayor and Council are popularly elected, and are responsible for setting the millage rate for properties inside the City of Douglasville. City of Douglasville: 770.920.3000

CITY OF VILLA RICA, MAYOR and COUNCIL:
Mayor and Council are popularly elected, and are responsible for setting the millage rate for properties inside the City of Villa Rica. The City of Villa Rica occupies land in both Douglas and Carroll Counties. City of Villa Rica: 770.459.3656

DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS:
Board of Commissioners are popularly elected for four-year terms, and is responsible for setting the millage rate for property in the unincorporated areas of Douglas County. Board of Commissioners: 770.920.7266

DOUGLAS COUNTY TAX COMMISSIONER:
Elected for a four-year term, and is responsible for taking all Homestead and senior exemptions, calculating and mailing all property tax notices, disbursing all collected funds to the various taxing authorities, and maintaining the records of all tax payments.

TAX BILLS
Property tax bills are routinely mailed on or about September 15th of each year, and the normal due date is November 15th.  If the bills are delayed for any reason, taxpayers are always allowed 60 days in which to pay.

Tax notices are mailed directly to the taxpayer, not the mortgage company.  If you have an ESCROW ACCOUNT with your mortgage company and they are to pay your taxes, you should forward a copy of the bill to them as soon as possible after you receive it so that they can schedule the tax payment out of your escrow account.  This is especially important if you have recently refinanced.

Tax bills are mailed to the owner of the property as of January 1st. If property is acquired during the calendar year, the new owner should request a duplicate bill from the Tax Commissioner's Office at 770.920.7272.