The Bartow County Board of Education passed a resolution dealing with school tax exemption during a business meeting at their central office on Monday night.
The resolution requests the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly craft legislation that increases the school tax exemption for homeowners 65 years of age or older to a reduction in their assessed property valuation of up to $60,000.
The resolution also asks for a 100% school tax exemption on up to $400,000 of Fair Market Value of their home for homeowners who are at least 80 years of age. This provision would only kick in if the homeowner has paid property taxes to Bartow County for the previous five years before the exemption.
Board Member Terry Lee Eggert was the only dissenting vote.
Previously, House Bill 655 called for a school tax exemption of 50 percent of the homestead’s assessed value for 65 or older, 75 percent for 70 or older, and 100 percent for 80 or older. The Georgia State Senate never took action on the bill.
Below are comments made by Eggert, Board Member Anna Sullivan, and Board Vice Chairman Tony Ross: