FoCo elected officials to discuss rising property taxes at meeting

Justine Lookenott
FoCo elected officials will address rising property taxes at a panel event on Tuesday, June 6Photo byBlake WheeleronUnsplash

(Forsyth County, GA) The Forsyth County Republican Party (FCRP) is hosting a panel for elected officials to address the high property taxes homeowners are being faced with for the second year in a row.

The panel will include both local and state elected officials from several departments including the Forsyth County Board of Education and the Assessors Office.

FCRP Chairwoman Mendy Moore said several topics will be touched on concerning the issue with the first priority being to educate the audience on how the assessing process works.

“The tax assessors have a legal obligation to assess properties fairly and so we're going to let a couple of people from the tax assessor's office talk to us about the methodology and the process they go through on that,” Moore said. “They’ll also let us know if you feel like your property is not assessed properly, what mechanism is in place in order to appeal that.”

Speakers will also be discussing millage rates, the potential for a floating home exemption from the Board of Education side of taxes and other ideas on what can be done to provide relief for taxpayers. Questions will also be taken from the audience.

The speakers included in the panel are:

  • State Senator Greg Dolezal
  • State Representative Todd Jones
  • State Representative Carter Barrett
  • Commissioner Alfred John
  • Commissioner Laura Semanson
  • Board of Education Member Mike Valdes
  • Board of Education Member Lindsey Adams
  • Board of Assessors Member Rupal Vaishnav

The Forum will be on Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at the Sgt. David P. Land Memorial Fraternity of Police Lodge at 248 Castleberry Industrial Drive in Cumming. More information can be found on the FCRP Facebook page.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at You can also follow her on Twitter at @justalookenott.

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