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July 28, 2022 City Council Regular Meeting
14. Approval to Amend the 2022 Revenue Ordinance, Adopt the 2022 Property Tax Millage Rate, and Adopt the Special Service District Tax Rate for the Water Transportation District. Proposed millage rate of 12.20 mills is 4.23% lower than the final rate for 2021.
Strategic Priority
Good Government

The City of Savannah's 2022 Adopted Budget and Capital Improvement Plan was balanced using a millage rate assumption of 12.739 mills. The millage rate along with the taxable digest, compiled by the Chatham County Board of Assessors, is used to calculate property tax bills for budget year 2022. The Board of Assessors recently released the 2022 Tax Digest, which indicated a 12.57% overall increase in property assessments (net digest) throughout the City of Savannah. New growth and other changes in 2022 increased 0.73% compared to 2021 and the value of reassessments grew 11.84% over that same timeframe.


State law requires taxing entities that experience an increase in the tax digest due to reassessments to calculate a “rollback rate.” The rollback rate is a millage rate that will generate the same amount of revenue as the previous year’s millage rate minus new construction or annexation. The City’s rollback rate for 2022 is 11.399 mills. The proposed millage rate of 12.20 mills is lower than the final millage rate for 2021 by 0.539 mills or 4.23%. While this ordinance indicates a rate of 12.20 mills, Council may consider other millage rates simultaneously.


Members of the public are invited to attend three public hearings where public comment will be heard regarding the millage rate. These public hearings will held at City Hall on July 14th at 2:00 pm and on July 28th at 10:00 am and 6:30 pm. Members of the public may also submit public comment electronically to


It is proposed that City Council amend the Revenue Ordinance of 2022; adopt a tax rate on real and personal property of 12.20 mills on the dollar (0.0122) or $12.20 per $1,000 in assessed value; and adopt a special service district tax rate for the Water Transportation District of .200 mills on the dollar (.0002) or $0.20 per $1,000 in assessed value.


Complete the ordinance's second reading and then vote to approve the ordinance amendment and adopt the final 2022 millage rate.


David Maxwell, Chief Financial Officer, Financial Services
Financial Impact
Revenue of $78,975,267.
Review Comments
Exhibit 1: Ordinance Revision - 2022 Revenue Ordinance.pdf
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