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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current millage rate and how does it compare to previous years' rates?
When are the City of Smyrna taxes billed and due?
How is the amount due on my Property Taxes determined?
Is my tax statement sent directly to my mortgage company?
What are the tax exemptions available in the City of Smyrna?
What happens if my tax bill is paid after the due date?

Answers

Q. What is the current millage rate and how does it compare to previous years' rates?
A. See chart below:

Historical Millage Rate

Q: When are the City of Smyrna taxes billed and due?
A:
These dates vary each year but are usually billed sometime in September and due sometime in November (60 days from the billing date). The Cobb County Tax Assessor's Office establishes property assessments each year for the City. We bill from the Cobb County Digest using their same assessed values and therefore can’t bill until we have received this information.

Q: How is the amount due of my Property Tax determined?
A: The amount of property tax due is calculated by using the following formula:

  • (Total Appraised Value of the property) x (40%) - (Exemptions) x (Millage rate) / (1,000)
  • Each homeowner’s exemptions vary based on eligibility

For example, the tax for a property valued at $100,000 would be calculated as follows: 
        $100,000 x 0.40 = $40,000 
        $40,000 x 8.99 mills = 359,600 
        359,600 / 1,000 = $359.60 annual property tax

If the property belonged to a person age 62 or over, the calculation would be: 
        $100,000 x 0.40 = $40,000 
        $40,000 - $10,000 = $30,000
        $30,000 x 8.99 mills = 269,700 
        269,700 / 1,000 = $269.70 annual property tax

Q: Is my tax statement sent directly to my mortgage company?
A:
Tax statements are mailed direct to the homeowner, they are not mailed to the mortgage company because mortgages are bought and sold so frequently. However, many mortgage companies and or tax services request tax information on your behalf.

Q: What are the tax exemptions available in the City of Smyrna and when do I apply for these?
A:
62 and older as of January 1 tax exemption. Totally disabled tax exemption (if all requirements met). Floating homestead exemption. All of these exemptions are available only if the owner is currently residing at the property for which the exemptions are applied. Exemption documentation must be filed by April 1 at Smyrna City Hall (2800 King St SE, Smyrna GA 30080) for the year that you are applying for exemption.

Q: What happens if my tax bill is paid after the due date?
A: If tax statements are paid after the due date penalties and interest will accrue. A FIFA (lien) is also recorded with the Clerk of Superior Court in Cobb County against the property address and in the homeowner’s name. This enables the City to collect any outstanding property taxes due before sale of the property can occur.

Please note: All property tax information is a matter of public record.