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Grady County’s top 25 taxpayers will collectively pay $2,1216,606.44 in ad valorem taxes for 2019, based on information released this week by the office of Grady County Tax Commissioner Barbara Darus.
This year’s list includes many familiar names and some have moved up and down on the list. New to the list in 2019 are Seminole Marine, Inc., Turkey Creek LLC, Mills Rentals LLC and Graco Fertilizer Company.
Koyo Bearings, one of the county’s largest employers, continues to be the number one taxpayer. Koyo’s holdings here have an appraised value in 2019 of $42,101,861 and assessed value of $16,840,744 resulting in a tax bill of $503,868.28.
The tax commissioner’s office confirmed that 2019 tax bills began being mailed last Friday with some not being mailed until Monday of this week.
Cathy Slaughter, a clerk in the tax office, said that even though all bills were not mailed last Friday as anticipated, the due date for taxes will be Jan. 22, 2020.
Tax bills were delayed this year due to the Grady County Commission waiting to learn the results of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum held on Nov. 5 before setting a final millage rate.
Commissioners needed to know the results of the vote to decide how much they would have to increase taxes if the revenue from the one percent sales tax was lost. The SPLOST contributes approximately $1.5 million to county coffers annually, and the commissioners used the bulk of that money to service its long-term debt.
Property owners who do not receive a tax bill in a timely manner should contact the tax commissioner’s office at 229-377-3322.