Ad valorem taxes, more commonly known as property taxes, are levied for the maintenance and operations of the City, including public safety services, roadway maintenance, building inspections and other vital services to make Alpharetta a safe, secure, and livable city for our residents, businesses, and visitors.
Property taxes are also levied for certain public improvements funded by voter approved general obligation debt (bonds). All real estate and personal property is 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, usually consisting of inventory and fixtures used in conducting business as well as boats, aircraft, machinery, etc.
The basis for ad valorem taxation is the fair market value, as determined by the Fulton County Board of Assessors. The tax is levied on the assessed value of the property which is established at 40% of the fair market value (unless otherwise specified by law). The amount of tax is determined by the tax millage rate.
FY 2015 Budget
The city’s millage rate for 2014 (fiscal year 2015) is the same as the prior year at 5.750 mills while funding over $10.1 million in capital investment (including $3.4 million in recurring/pay-as-you-go capital investment in initiatives such as the milling and resurfacing of city streets, replacement of traffic equipment, maintenance of stormwater infrastructure, etc.) as well as funding operational costs (maintenance/utilities) of the new City Hall, Parking Garage, Park and Town Green.
The city’s millage rate of 5.750 mills includes 4.950 mills for general government (i.e. operations and recurring capital) and 0.800 mills for debt service on voter approved bonds.
The city provides a $40,000 homestead exemption that saves our homeowners over $2.7 million annually (e.g. equates to a 1.7 mill reduction for the average homeowner). The city’s homestead exemption is more than double the amounts offered from our companion cities and goes great lengths in keeping Alpharetta an affordable place to live and raise a family.
To qualify, property owners must own and occupy their home as their permanent residence as of January 1st of the current year. Applications for homestead exemptions may be submitted any time during the year; however, in order to be eligible for the current year, property owners filing homestead must apply by April 1st of the year in which the exemption is sought. Applications received after April 1st will become eligible the following year. Property owners already receiving the exemption do not need to reapply unless there is a change in ownership, deed type, or if the owner becomes eligible for a larger exemption.
The following exemptions are available by the City of Alpharetta:
• Basic Homestead Exemption of $40,000 off the assessed value (does not apply to debt service property tax levy);
• Senior Basic Exemption of $15,000 to residents age 65 or older as of January 1st (applies to entire property tax levy);
• Additional Senior Exemption of $10,000 to residents age 65 or older as of January 1st who meet certain income requirements (applies to entire property tax levy); and
• Senior Full Value Exemption available to residents age 70 or older as of January 1st who meet certain income requirements (applies to entire property tax levy).
Basic homestead exemption applications can be filed in person at Fulton County's Alpharetta offices located at 3155 Royal Drive or can be mailed to the Fulton County Board of Assessors at 141 Pryor Street SW, Suite 1029A, Atlanta, GA 30303-3446.
Senior exemption applications must be filed with the City of Alpharetta, Finance Department at 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009.
For additional information on eligibility or the application process, please contact the City of Alpharetta’s Financial Services Division at (678) 297-6060 (option 0)
Phone: (678) 297-6060
Fax: (678) 297-6063
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Phone: (678) 297-6060
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Thomas G. Harris
Phone: (678) 297-6052
Fax: (678) 297-6093
Phone: (678) 297-6060
Fax: (678) 297-6061
Frequently Asked Questions:
What happens if I do not receive my tax bill?
Contact the City’s Financial Services Division at (678) 297-6060 (option 0). Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve you of the responsibility to make payment by the due date.
How can I change the mailing address on my tax bill?
(1) Submit a written request to the Fulton County Board of Assessors either by fax (404) 335 - 5876 or mail (Fulton County Board of Assessors, Homestead and Return Division, 141 Pryor Street SW, Suite 1029A, Atlanta, GA 30303-3446); or (2) make the request in person at the local Fulton County Board of Assessors branch (3155 Royal Drive, Suite 175, Alpharetta, GA 30022).
How can I appeal my property value?
You may appeal to the Fulton County Board of Assessors. For more information on filing an appeal or return, please contact the Assessors’ Office at (404) 224-0102. If you filed an appeal against your property assessment, you are still required to pay the bill by the due date. Once the Fulton County Board of Assessors or Board of Equalization makes a final decision on your appeal, please forward a copy of the decision to the City of Alpharetta Financial Services Division (2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009-0349). The City of Alpharetta will record the new value and process any resulting billing adjustments.
When are the City of Alpharetta property taxes due?
December 1st of each year.
How can I pay my taxes?
For your convenience, you may pay by any of the following methods:
By phone: (678) 297-6060 (option 0)
By mail: P.O Box 349, Alpharetta, GA 30009-0349
Please make check(s) payable to City of Alpharetta
In person: Alpharetta City Hall
2 Park Plaza
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pm.
What methods of payments are accepted?
Cash, check, money orders, certified checks, or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard and American Express)
My mortgage company is responsible for paying my property taxes, what do I need to do?
Forward a copy of the tax bill to your mortgage company to ensure they have the bill on record and there will be no delay in payment processing.
Is there a penalty for late payment?
Any accounts not paid by the due date of December 1st will be penalized a one time 10% charge on unpaid taxes. In addition to the penalty, interest will accrue monthly at a rate of 1% of the base amount each month until the taxes are paid in full. Penalties and interest charges shall not be waived, regardless of the reason for the delinquent payment.
What should I do if I closed my business or sold a piece of personal property (boats, equipment, etc.) during the tax year?
If you closed your business or the personal property was sold after January 1st of the current year, the tax is still due. You must also notify Fulton County Board of Assessors at (404) 612-6440 (option 2, then 1) that the property closed or sold after January 1st.
What happens if I have a returned check for my property tax payment?
A return check fee of $25.00 or 5% of the face value of the check will be assessed.
What happens if I do not pay my city property taxes?
Any unpaid property taxes will be subject to the issuance of a FiFa (lien) in accordance with O.C.G.A. §48-3-3, which may result in the sale of the FiFa. Additionally, unpaid personal property taxes will be subject to the revocation of your business license and may prevent participation in city functions.
How can I get answers to other tax questions?
Contact the City of Alpharetta,
Financial Services Division, at (678) 297-6060 (option 0). Our office is always ready to assist.