Clarkston City Taxes
Ad valorem taxes, more commonly known as property taxes, are levied for city operations and maintenance. All real estate and personal property are taxable unless exempted by law. Real property is land and generally anything that is affixed to the land. Personal property is everything not considered real property and usually consists of inventory and fixtures used in conducting business.
The basis for ad valorem taxation is the fair market value of the property. The tax is levied on the assessed value of the property which, by law, is established at 40% of the fair market value. The amount of tax is determined by the tax millage rate.
City Millage Rate
For City taxes, the tax rate, or millage rate, is set annually by the Mayor and Council of the City of Clarkston. A tax rate of one mill represents a tax liability of one dollar per $1,000 of assessed value. The governing authority estimates their total revenue from other sources. This figure is subtracted from their overall budgetary needs, and then a millage rate is set that will generate the necessary revenues to fulfill budgetary requirements. In 2015 the Council voted to reduce the adopted millage rate to 17.11. (Millage Rate Reports)
City Taxes Clarkston Online Tax Search
Citizens may view property tax information online, starting with tax year 2009 to the present, through DeKalb County Tax Commissioner’s website. At this site, you can find more detailed information about the assessment of the property, billing sates, view tax information for all City of Clarkston properties, make an online payment, print bills and receipts.
The City of Clarkston receives all property assessments from the DeKalb County Board of Tax Assessors. If you feel your appraised value is incorrect, you may visit the DeKalb County Tax Assessor's Office website or contact by phone at 404-371-0841.
If the assessed value of your property has been appealed to the DeKalb County Board of Tax Assessors, it will be noted on the face of the tax bill. Properties currently under appeal are billed at eighty-five percent (85%) of their proposed assessed value. Depending on the final determination of the assessed value of the property, you will receive either a bill for additional taxes due or a refund for overpayment. You are still responsible for paying the full amount shown on your bill by the payment deadline.
If your taxes are paid by a mortgage company, please forward a copy of your bill to the mortgage company for payment. Please retain a copy for your records.
Clarkston offers a senior exemption for citizens age 65 and older of $20,000. Those wishing to receive the senior exemption must notify DeKalb County that they are applying for the state senior (automatic at age 65) and for the Clarkston City Senior exemption. Applicants must provide a copy of their driver’s license prior to DeKalb County’s deadline of April 1 of each year.
Change of Address
Mailing address changes for personal property must be submitted in writing to the DeKalb County Board of Tax Assessors, Personal Property Division, 120 West Trinity Pl., Decatur, GA 30030.
Sanitation and Stormwater Fees
Sanitation service fees are billed annually and are payable for the full year in the DeKalb County tax installment billing. Residential sanitation is $185.40 per year which includes the collection of garbage and trash; collection and disposal of recyclables, yard trimmings, furniture and appliances that do not contain Freon; and street cleaning. For commercial service, the sanitation fee will depend on the type of service received. Commercial sanitation service will be billed separately from the annual tax bills.
Stormwater Utility Fees
Stormwater utility fees are billed annually and are payable for the full year in the DeKalb County tax installment billing. The stormwater utility fee is $48 annually for each single-family residence. Commercial, institutional and multiple-family properties with larger paved areas will pay proportionately more in fees. Properties are assessed a storm water utility fee based on the amount of paved and covered areas on the property. Income from the fees is used to make storm drainage improvements. Utility fees are charged to all property owners, including tax-exempt properties.
For more information on Clarkston Property Taxes please visit the Dekalb County Tax Commissioner