Ad valorem taxes, more commonly known as property taxes, are levied for city operations and maintenance.
When you call the police or fire department, play in a park, or eat at an inspected restaurant, you are using services paid for by your property taxes. Your taxes also pay for services to oversee development, protect water and air from pollution, repair and build roads, and much more. Property taxes are the largest source of revenue to fund these services that you count on every day.
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 and usually consists of inventory and fixtures used in conducting business.
The basis for ad valorem taxation is the fair market value of the property. The tax is levied on the assessed value of the property which, by law, is established at 40% of the fair market value. The amount of tax is determined by the tax millage rate.
IMPORTANT 2018 UPDATE: Following a judge's approval of a temporary collection order, the 2018 tax digest was released by Fulton County to the City of Milton so we could begin preparing the 2018 property tax bills. Taxes were billed on Sept. 14, 2018. The due date for 2018 taxes will be Nov. 14, 2018. (The standard due date of 60 days after the bill date.) To learn more about property tax deadlines, homestead exemptions, and a variety of other topics, view the 2018 Milton Property Tax Guide.
Paying Your Taxes Online: Read the important instructions below before paying online.
Instructions: Key in parcel number inserting a space after the first two digits and before the first dash, key in only parcel number if known. Do not fill out any of the other fields. If you do not have a parcel number, key in the last name in field titled "Owner Name" then click search. Locate your property from the list.
Click here to pay your taxes online. Note that this site is for City taxes only. For Fulton County taxes, you'll need to contact the Fulton County Tax Commissioner's Office at 404-730-4000. There is a 2.5% service fee for all payments made by credit card. Residents may also pay their taxes in-person at City Hall, located at 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton, GA 30004.
The total Milton millage rate for 2018 is 5.061 mills. The annual millage rate is 4.390, all of which is designated to fund general government operations. The 2018 property tax bill also includes the 2016 approved Greenspace Bond millage rate of 0.671 mills. These two combined equal the total combined millage rate of 6.061.
Note: A mill is $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value
Contact the city’s Finance Department at 678.242.2500. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve you of the responsibility to make payment by the due date.
(1) Submit a written request to the Fulton County Board of Assessors either by fax (404.224.0417) or mail (Fulton County Board of Assessors, Homestead and Return Division, 141 Pryor St. SW, Suite 1047B, Atlanta, GA 30303); or (2) make the request in person at the local Fulton County Board of Assessors branch (3155 Royal Drive, Suite 175, Alpharetta, GA 30022).
The Fulton County Board of Assessors is responsible for valuing all real and personal property within Fulton County, including the City of Milton. They can be reached at 404.612.6440 or by mail at: Fulton County Board of Assessors, Suite 1047B, 141 Pryor St., SW Atlanta, GA 30303.
The City of Milton 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.
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 404.612.6440. 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 Milton Finance Department, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107G, Milton, GA 30004. The City of Milton will record the new value and process any resulting billing adjustments.
2018 Milton property taxes were billed on Sept. 14, 2018. The due date for 2018 taxes is Nov. 14, 2018.
For your convenience, you may pay by any of the following methods:
Online: Click here to pay online.
By phone: 678.242.2500 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
By mail: City of Milton, Attn: Finance Department, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton, GA 30004
Please make check(s) payable to City of Milton
In person: Milton City Hall, Finance Department,
2006 Heritage Walk, Milton, GA 30004
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Note: There is a 2.5% service fee for all payments made by credit card.
Cash, check, money orders, certified checks or credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover).
Please note, there is a $6.25 convenience fee for paying online or by phone.
The current owner is always responsible for any outstanding taxes on his or her property. Property taxes “follow” the property and are levied against the same.
Any accounts not paid by the due date of Nov. 4 will accrue interest monthly at a rate of 1 percent of the base amount or $1, whichever is greater, until the taxes are paid in full. If the taxes remain delinquent 90 days after the due date, there will be a one-time 10 percent penalty charged on unpaid taxes. Penalties and interest charges shall not be waived, regardless of the reason for the delinquent payment.
Click here to download the application for basic homestead exemption from Fulton County.
Several types of homestead exemptions have been enacted to reduce the burden of ad valorem taxation. The exemptions apply only to “homestead” property -- you must own, occupy and claim your property as your legal residence by Jan. 1 of the tax year to be eligible. Only one person need apply if more than one name appears on the deed.
Property owners already receiving a homestead exemption from Fulton County will automatically receive a basic exemption of $15,000 from the City of Milton. The city also offers the following exemptions:
Applications for senior or disabled citizens must be filed with the Finance Department by May 31 at 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107G, Milton, GA 30004. The exemptions are automatically renewed each year unless there is a change in ownership, you no longer meet the eligibility requirements, or you are requested to by the city. For all exemptions, the property must be in the name of the applicant and filed by the deadline (Applications postmarked by the due date are accepted). The amount exempted is deducted from the 40 percent assessed value of the property in the applicable tax categories.
If you closed your business or the personal property was sold after Jan. 1 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 Jan. 1.
A return check fee of $30 will be assessed.
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
Contact the City of Milton Finance Department at 678.242.2500. Our office is always ready to assist you.