Cobb County Commissioners are pushing through a “blight tax” ordinance that is expected to come for a vote in late July. This proposed “Community Redevelopment Tax Incentive Program” would give the County the ability to deem a property blighted if it meets two or more of 6 criteria. Once deemed blighted, the property’s ad valorem taxes increase 7 times the county millage rate.
This process is not automatic. According to the County Community Development Department, the property would be reviewed by County staff. Once a property is deemed “blighted”, the owner would then be given the opportunity to correct the issues presented. If the problems are unresolved, the property owner will be taken to magistrate court where the court will have to determine if the property meets the “blighted” standard. This ordinance would only apply to unoccupied properties.
Our members will be updated on this matter as it progresses.