ATLANTA – State Representatives Mitchell Scoggins (R-Cartersville) and Matthew Gambill (R-Cartersville) today announced that Governor Brian Kemp recently signed House Bill 118 and House Bill 622 into law to triple Bartow County’s homestead tax exemption programs for school and county ad valorem taxes. Next spring, residents will have an opportunity to approve these local homestead tax exemptions through ballot referendums.

“Homestead exemptions are an important way to provide relief to homeowners, particularly those on fixed incomes or facing financial hardship,” said Rep. Scoggins. “Tripling these homestead exemptions could help alleviate some of the financial burden on Bartow residents and make it easier for them to keep their homes. We are excited about Bartow County’s growth and future, and we are committed to ensuring that it remains an affordable place for families to call home.”

“Bartow County has experienced a development boom over the last several years, and Washington, D.C.’s failure to address inflation is impacting local residents,” said Rep. Gambill. “This session, we promised our constituents that we would focus on ‘kitchen table issues’ that affect everyday families, including providing tax relief at the local level to mitigate rising home costs. We are proud to have sponsored House bills 118 and 622, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact these bills will have on our community.”

Sponsored by Reps. Scoggins and Gambill, House Bill 118 would increase a homestead exemption for the Bartow County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes from $5,000 to $15,000 for certain residents of the county school district. House Bill 622 would increase the homestead exemption from certain Bartow County ad valorem taxes for county purposes from $5,000 to $15,000.

Bartow County voters will have an opportunity to approve increasing the school and county homestead exemptions through a referendum on the 2024 general primary ballot.