Decatur County Board of Commissioners approves 2019 millage rate

Published 8:10 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Decatur County Board of Commissioners passed the 2019 Decatur County tax levy Tuesday, lowering its millage rate by 0.008 a mill.

The 2019 millage rate clocks in at 10.365, a smidge lower than 2018’s 10.373. The Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the new rate.

The rates for all taxable property in Decatur County are as follows:

  • 10.365 mills on all properties located in incorporated areas (Bainbridge, Attapulgus, Brinson and Climax).
  • 10.365 mills on all taxable property located in the unincorporated areas.
  • 0.9 mills (except for in the City of Bainbridge) on all taxable properties for the Fire Services Special District.
  • 0.25 mills for the Bainbridge-Decatur County Development Authority.
  • 1.250 mills for the Bainbridge-Decatur County Recreation Authority.
  • 2 mills for the Bainbridge-Decatur County Hospital Authority.
  • 0.86 mills on property in the unincorporated areas for items specifically identified by the Service Delivery Agreement for the unincorporated areas.
  • 1 mill for economic development bonds.

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The economic development bonds category refers to part of the incentive package given to Taurus, USA to build its North American headquarters in Bainbridge

Taurus, USA, a leading international firearms manufacturer, announced in April 2018 its plans to invest more than $22.5 million in infrastructure and operations to build its new North American headquarters at the Commodore Industrial Park in Bainbridge.

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Industrial Development Authority, the City of Bainbridge and the Decatur County Board of Commissioners together provided $20,000,000 to be used for site preparations and construction of a building and firing range to Taurus USA’s specifications.

Taurus USA’s new manufacturing plant will be 200,000-square-feet and create 300 jobs. Construction is nearing completion with plans for the headquarters to be fully operational at the beginning of 2020.