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Homestead Exemptions Gain Final Passage


The Georgia General Assembly gave final passage to and Governor Deal signed six bills that provide extensive protection to homeowners in north Fulton against massive property tax reassessments. Representative Chuck Martin created the underlying language for all the bills and authored the bill for the City of Alpharetta, co-sponsoring the others in represented areas.

The bills added protections for the Fulton County School Board portion of property tax bills and the portions for the cities of Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton and Mountain Park.

The new homestead exemptions for the cities and school system essentially freezes homeowners’ assessments for purposes of taxation at the lowest valuation in years 2016, 2017, or 2018, and it limits increases to no more that three percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.

Homestead exemptions remain in place as long as homeowners own their homes and modification to the property do not void the exemption. Upon the sale of a home, the more current assessment takes effect and becomes the new “frozen” level.

“A priority of mine is protecting taxpaying constituents and creating and passing these measures protect my constituents from unpredictable and unaffordable property tax bills due to reassessments. Work had been ongoing since last summer and I was pleased and relieved when the bills passed and were sent to the Governor for signature,” said Representative Chuck Martin.


All of Fulton County outside of the city of Atlanta will vote on whether to approve the new homestead exemption for the Fulton County School System tax in a referendum in November. Respective city residents will also vote in referendums at the same time. If approved, the protections would become effective for 2019 tax bills. Homestead exemptions must be in place January 1 to be used for that year, by statewide law, so these homestead exemptions cannot take effect for the 2018 tax year.


The legislation was a result of a concerted team effort by north Fulton senators and representatives to address extreme reassessments in 2017 that would have resulted in large property tax increases. The Fulton County Commission threw out the reassessments and utilized the 2016 tax digest.

House Bills 707, 708, 710, 711, 712 and Senate Bill 317 have been sent to the governor’s desk and await his signature.

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