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Homestead exemptions for Forsyth schools going to ballot

November ballot – you decide

In the Nov. 8 general election, Forsyth County voters will decide whether seniors should receive a homestead exemption for school taxes if they are not parent or legal guardians of children permanently living in their home.

FORSYTH COUNTY -- Forsyth County voters will have an opportunity in November to decide whether seniors receiving homestead exemptions should receive the full benefit if they have children living in their home and they are neither the parents nor legal guardian.

The Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections unanimously approved adding the item to the local Nov. 8 general election ballot at a special called meeting on Wednesday. The measure is the product of a bill supported by all seven delegation members representing Forsyth County at the Georgia General Assembly.

If approved, senior citizens will not qualify for an exemption from school ad valorem taxes if children live in their home, unless they are the parent, legal guardian or foster parent or if the child lives there “for a period of not more than one year in duration.”

Discussion on the exemptions began earlier this year with the Forsyth County Board of Education, which passed a resolution asking the delegation to address the matter.

The measure would prevent students from living in a home in which the homeowner does not pay school taxes due to the exemption.

According to the county’s website, homeowners 65 years old and above “are entitled to a full exemption in the school general and school bond tax categories.”

No other homestead exemptions will be affected if voters approve the measure.

If Forsyth County votes in favor, the new rules will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.