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Property taxes stay flat in west Chatham

By Constance Cooper
Summary: 
Property tax rates are staying flat in the two west Chatham cities where they're charged. The City Council voted Monday night to keep Pooler's tax rate flat this year, at 4.635 mils. Port Wentworth's taxes also are staying flat.

Property tax rates are staying flat in the two west Chatham cities where they’re charged.

The City Council voted Monday night to keep Pooler’s tax rate flat this year, at 4.635 mils. Port Wentworth’s taxes also are staying flat. Last month, the City Council set that town’s 2011 tax rate at 4.397 mils.

Pooler city officials say growth allowed them to maintain the same tax rate, and that growth continued Monday night, with the City Council approving a new townhome development.

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Pooler

The total taxable value of all the property in Pooler’s city limits — including land, homes, businesses and other buildings; personal property; motor vehicles; mobile homes; and timber — grew slightly over the past year, from
$2.28 billion to $2.32 billion.

But residents aren’t feeling any richer. The taxable value of land, homes, businesses and other buildings in the municipality shrank by a total of
$148.6 million. It’s just that enough new homes and businesses came into the city to offset that drop.

Finance Officer Michelle McNeely said although growth in Pooler has slowed during the economic downturn, city officials have been fortunate compared to those in other Georgia towns.

“A lot of other cities in this state aren’t seeing any growth,” McNeely said. “... We’re maintaining, but that’s good these days.”

 

Continued growth

And growth keeps looking up in Pooler.

On Monday night, the City Council approved the site plan to develop 50 environmentally friendly townhomes in the Harmony subdivision.

The development initially grew criticism from neighbors who didn’t know the parcel was zoned for townhomes. But officials with the company developing the property — Parallel Housing, Inc. — held a meeting with neighborhood residents to assure them they would be using quality materials and planned to stick with the townhome development for the long haul.

“We’re going to build them. We’re going to own them. We’re going to manage them,” Gregg Bayard, a developer with the company, said in an interview.

 

Port Wentworth

Port Wentworth officials weren’t as lucky. The total taxable value of all property in Port Wentworth shrank from $830 million to $828 million. And the total value of land, homes, businesses and other buildings in the municipality shrank by a total of $59 million.

The Port Wentworth City Council approved the city’s 2011 millage rate June 23.

Property taxes are not collected in Garden City and Bloomingdale.