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Finance Department

The Finance Department is responsible for preserving a fiscally sound organization by maintaining accurate and timely financial and accounting records, establishing internal controls to protect and preserve city assets and providing short- and long-term financial planning.

Services provided include accounting and financial reporting, budget management and compliance, debt management, capital financing, purchasing, financial analysis and planning, property tax billing and collection, payroll processing and risk management.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are franchise fees?

Franchise fees are charges to utility companies for the privilege of operating within municipal boundaries. They are a routine and common practice for municipalities across the state and country. Examples are electricity, telephone, cable television, waste management and natural gas.

Franchise fees are implemented as part of a service agreement executed between a government and a utility company. These service agreements outline the terms under which utility companies provide service to customers within a specific territory. Local governments require them in order to ensure service to all customers in a geographic area.

A franchise fee generally is imposed in lieu of licenses or permits that would otherwise be required. These fees are intended to reimburse local governments for use of the public right-of-way and other municipal services. It typically is calculated on a percentage of the revenues derived from sales to customers in that territory.

Who has responsibility for property valuation for property tax purposes?

The Fulton County Board of Assessors is responsible for valuing all real and personal property within Fulton County, including the City of Milton. The city has no role in determining the valuations set on either real or personal property. All inquiries should be referred to the Fulton County Board of Assessors.

They can be reached several ways. The Web site is or you can call 404.612.6440 or mail to: Fulton County Board of Assessors, 141 Pryor Street, SW, Suite 1047B, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Does the city offer homestead exemptions?

Several types of homestead exemptions have been enacted to reduce the burden of ad valorem (assessed value of real estate or personal property) taxation. To qualify, property owners must own and occupy their home as primary residence as of Jan. 1. Property owners already receiving the Fulton County exemption need not reapply each year unless there is a change in ownership or the owner is applying for a different exemption.

In order to be eligible for City of Milton Senior or Full Value Homestead Exemptions, property owners must file with the City of Milton between Jan. 1 and May 31 of each year. Applications received after May 31 will become eligible the following year. The following exemptions are offered by the City of Milton:

Basic Homestead Exemption of $15,000 off the assessed value of your tax bill. (Applied for through Fulton County.)

Senior Basic Exemption of $15,000 is available to residents age 65 or older on or before Jan. 1 of the year in which the application for exemption is submitted. (Applied for through City of Milton.)

Additional $10,000 Senior Homestead is available to homeowners who meet certain income requirements and are 65 or older on or before Jan. 1 of the year in which the application for exemption is submitted. (Applied for through City of Milton.)
Full Value Exemption is available to disabled residents and residents 70 or older on or before Jan. 1 of the year in which the application for exemption is submitted. Certain income qualifications apply for residents 70 or older. Proof of disability is required for disabled residents. (Applied for through City of Milton.)

Click here to download the form to apply for the City of Milton's exemptions.

How can I pay my property tax bill?

Online: Click here for more information.

By phone: Call 678.242.2500 and ask for the Revenue Office.

By mail: 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton, GA 30004. Please make check(s) payable to City of Milton. Mail both the tax stub and your check or money order.

In person: Finance Office: 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton, GA 30004. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Acceptable forms of payment are check, money order, cashier’s check, credit card (Visa/MasterCard/American Express and Discover) and cash (exact change only).

Please note, there is a $6.25 convenience fee for paying online or by phone.

What interest/penalty is charged for paying my tax bill after the due date?

Tax bills are due 60 days from the bill date. After 60 days have passed, monthly interest is calculated at one-twelfth (1/12) of the bank prime rate loan plus three percent (3%) and charged until the bill is paid. If the bill remains unpaid for 90 days past the due date, there will be a one-time, 10% penalty added to the total.

How do I get added to the city's vendor list?

There is a form online for companies wishing to become potential city vendors. You simply fill out this form to be added to the list of vendors.