• Current 2017 Tax Digest & 5 Year History
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    The Jones County Board of Commissioners, do hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at the Jones County Government Center, 166 Industrial Blvd,  on August 30, 2017 at  6:00 PM, and pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. 48-5-32, do hereby publish the following presentation of the current year’s tax digest along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years.

    Current 2017 Tax Digest & 5 Year History of Levy

    County Incorporated 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
    Real & Personal 98,253,240 95,414,516 89,919,427 88,893,509 90,535,823 93,927,198
    Motor Vehicles 6,528,110 6,528,110 5,608,980 3,913,570 3,913,570 2,146,730
    Mobile Homes 91,488 91,488 79,272 75,780                  58,256             56,093
    Timber 100% 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Heavy Duty Equipment 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gross Digest 104,872,838 102,034,114 95,607,679 92,882,859 94,507,649 96,130,021
    Less M&O Exemptions 4,745,661 4,896,204 4,069,814 4,062,651 4,227,401 4,338,681
    Net M&O Digest 100,127,177 97,137,910 91,537,865 88,820,208 90,280,248 91,791,340
    State Forest Land Assistance Grant Value 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adjusted Net M&O Digest 100,127,177 97,137,910 91,537,865 88,820,208 90,280,248 91,791,340
    Gross M&O Millage 18.060 17.684 17.295 20.067 20.027 20.013
    Less Rollbacks 2.940 2.890 2.396 2.418 2.378 2.364
    Net M&O Millage 15.120 14.794 14.899 17.649 17.649 17.649
    Net Taxes Levied 1,513,923 1,437,058 1,363,823 1,567,588 1,593,356 1,620,025
    County Unincorporated 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
    Real & Personal 664,357,378 663,514,747 664,394,857 668,876,589 672,353,766 679,575,634
    Motor Vehicles 67,764,140 67,764,140 59,692,870 45,088,830 45,088,830 27,420,040
    Mobile Homes 4,878,089 4,608,132 4,464,843 4,269,130 3,392,980 3,535,357
    Timber 100% 2,791,840 3,465,347 4,237,021 2,210,289 2,579,250 2,710,340
    Heavy Duty Equipment 48,040 188,009 873,720 457,024 1,223,940 1,122,179
    Gross Digest 739,839,487 739,540,375 733,663,311 720,901,862 724,638,766 714,363,550
    Less M&O Exemptions 146,035,974 145,411,580 145,492,633 146,820,825 150,267,329 149,328,138
    Net M&O Digest 593,803,513 594,128,795 588,170,678 574,081,037 574,371,437 565,035,412
    State Forest Land Assistance Grant Value 7,995,896 8,940,360 10,864,891 11,357,561 15,577,208 19,182,304
    Adjusted Net M&O Digest 601,799,409 603,069,155 599,035,569 585,438,598 589,948,645 584,217,716
    Gross M&O Millage 18.060 18.134 17.776 20.703 20.835 20.990
    Less Rollbacks 4.430 4.730 4.329 4.506 4.638 4.793
    Net M&O Millage 13.630 13.404 13.447 16.197 16.197 16.197
    Net Taxes Levied 8,202,526 8,083,539 8,055,231 9,482,349 9,555,398 9,462,574
    Total County Wide 2012 2013 2014 2015 2,016 2,017
    Total County Value 701,926,586 700,207,065 690,573,434 674,258,806 680,228,893 676,009,056
    Total County Taxes Levied 9,716,449 9,520,597 9,419,054 11,049,937 11,148,754 11,082,599
    Net Levy $ Increase 24,695 -195,852 -101,543 1,630,883 98,817 (66,155)
    Net Taxes % Increase 0.25 -2.01 -1.07 17.31 0.89 -0.59
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  • Budget Meeting
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    The Jones County Board of Commissioners, do hereby announce that a 2018 Budget meeting will be held at the Jones County Government Center on August 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM. Copies of the proposed budget will be available beginning August 16, 2017 from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. A meeting will be held at the Jones County Government Center on August 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM to adopt a millage rate and budget for FY 2018.

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  • Notice of Property Tax Increase
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    NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE

    The Jones County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by .35% in the Incorporated area, and .20% in the Unincorporated area. All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on this tax increase to be held at the Jones County Government Center, 166 Industrial Blvd, on August 23, the first meeting at 10am, and the second at 6pm.  Times and places of additional public hearings on this tax increase are at the Jones County Government Center, 166 Industrial Blvd, on August 30, 2017, at 6pm.  This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 17.649 mills in the Incorporated area, an increase of .061 mills over the rollback rate, and a millage rate of 16.197 for the Unincorporated area, an increase of .032 mills over the rollback rate.  Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate will be no more than 17.588 for the Incorporated area, and 16.165 for the Unincorporated area.  The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $2.44 in the Incorporated are and $1.28 in the Unincorporated area.  The proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $50,000 is approximately $1.22 in the Incorporated area and $0.64 in the Unincorporated area.

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  • HOW TO VIEW THE 2017 SOLAR ECLIPSE SAFELY
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    Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality (https://go.nasa.gov/2pC0lhe (link is external)).

    Eclipse glass

    The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” (example shown at left) or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. Refer to the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers (link is external) page for a list of manufacturers and authorized dealers of eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products.

    • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
    • Always supervise children using solar filters.
    • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
    • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
    • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
    • Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
    • USA map with eclipse pathIf you are within the path of totality (https://go.nasa.gov/2pC0lhe (link is external)), remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.
    • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
    • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

    Note: If your eclipse glasses or viewers are compliant with the ISO 12312-2 safety standard, you may look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through them for as long as you wish. Furthermore, if the filters aren’t scratched, punctured, or torn, you may reuse them indefinitely. Some glasses/viewers are printed with warnings stating that you shouldn’t look through them for more than 3 minutes at a time and that you should discard them if they are more than 3 years old. Such warnings are outdated and do not apply to eclipse viewers compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard adopted in 2015. To make sure you get (or got) your eclipse glasses/viewers from a supplier of ISO-compliant products, see the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers (link is external) page.

    An alternative method for safe viewing of the partially eclipsed sun is pinhole projection (link is external). For example, cross the outstretched, slightly open fingers of one hand over the outstretched, slightly open fingers of the other, creating a waffle pattern. With your back to the sun, look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The little spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small images on the ground, showing the sun as a crescent during the partial phases of the eclipse. Or just look at the shadow of a leafy tree during the partial eclipse; you’ll see the ground dappled with crescent Suns projected by the tiny spaces between the leaves.

    A solar eclipse is one of nature’s grandest spectacles. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime. More information:

    eclipse.aas.org (link is external)          eclipse2017.nasa.gov
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  • BACK to SCHOOL BASH in the PARK
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    Back to School Bash
     
    This coming Friday we are having an amazing opportunity to start our school year out right with entire community. I would like to invite everyone to join us at Jones County Parks & Recreation Complex on Hwy 18 from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Free family Concerts& Blow Ups in the Park featuring Unspoken, JJ Weeks, and others. Please bring your own chair and blankets. Doors open at 6:00pm, Concert starts at 7:00pm.
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