Property taxes are charged against the owner of the property as of Jan. 1. Property tax returns are to be fi led between Jan. 1 and April 1 with the county tax assessor's office.
Homestead, school, disabled veterans, and preferentia l agriculture exemptions may be available.
The basis for property tax is the fair market value of the property, which is established on Jan. 1 of each year. The tax is levied on the assessment value, which by law is established at 40 percent of fair market value. The amount of tax is determined by the mi llage rate. (One mill of tax is equal to $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.)
All property owners of Stephens County must pay the Georgia millage (0.25), the Stephens County millage (11.32) and the Stephens County School System millage (18.4). Residents within Toccoa city limits must also pay the Toccoa City millage (7.19).