DeKalb County Commissioner Cochran-Johnson to Host Town Hall on Taxes and Mileage – On Common Ground News


DECATUR, GASuper District 7 Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson will host information town hall to help DeKalb County residents better understand the mileage rate, as well as how their annual property tax is assessed.

The DeKalb County Property Tax and Mileage Rate Town Hall will be held August 11 at 6 p.m. and will be held virtually over Zoom.

County programs, including the Equalized Sales Tax on Homestead Option (EHOST), collect sales taxes throughout the year and use the revenue to offset property tax increases for eligible homeowners. Despite the cushion provided by EHOST, many residents still struggle with paying their tax bills, as well as understanding how they are calculated and what exemptions they may potentially qualify for.

“DeKalb County, as well as the United States, is experiencing continued increases in property values ​​and shrinking housing inventory,” Commissioner Cochran-Johnson said. “This town hall will help residents understand their annual tax assessments and explain how certain tax breaks can help the most vulnerable.”

All DeKalb County residents are encouraged to join the full meeting for information on:

  • Understanding your tax assessment
  • Appeal your property taxes
  • The Role of the Electronic Host in DeKalb County Taxes
  • The homestead exemption and how it affects your tax liability
  • The set mileage rate
  • How County Property Tax Liability Is Determined
  • The Role of Land Values ​​in Tax Assessment
  • How taxpayers’ money is used
  • Tax relief for seniors, veterans and residents with disabilities

Attendees will hear from several DeKalb County government officials, including Tax Commissioner Irvin Johnson, Tax Assessor Calvin, and TJ Sigler from the Office of Management and Budget.

“DeKalb County has dedicated staff who are continually developing ways to provide efficient service regarding residents’ tax liability,” said Commissioner Cochran-Johnson. “This Town Hall is the perfect opportunity to hear from them directly and get their questions answered in real time by the experts.”

The DeKalb County Property Tax and Mileage Rate Town Hall is free and open to all DeKalb residents. Those interested should register at

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