AD VALOREM TAXES
WHERE DO YOUR CITY TAX DOLLARS GO?
Did you buy a home in Sky Valley last year or make your Sky Valley vacation home your permanent residence?
If you have not already done so, remember to file for a Homestead Exemption both in Sky Valley and in Rabun County. These are separate applications and filing one will not automatically entitle you to the other. This can save you thousands of dollars in property taxes!
While some states provide this exemption automatically, in Georgia a homestead exemption must be applied for. You only have to apply for the exemption once. The exemption remains as long as you reside in the home as your primary residence. You cannot claim homestead in two locations.
You may file for homestead exemption year round. Applications received after April 1 will be processed the following year. Qualification requires that you must own and occupy the property as of January 1 as your primary domicile and legal residence for all purposes, which includes the registration of your vehicles and filing of your state income taxes. Exemptions are not automatically granted. Special exemptions are available if you are 100% military service connected disabled or their un-remarried spouse, or the un-remarried spouse of a peace officer or firefighter killed in the line of duty. Once approved, the exemption remains in effect as long as you own and reside in your home subject to periodic audits to verify continuing eligibility.
Available Homestead Exemptions:
1. Regular Homestead Exemption
2. Disabled Veterans
3. Un-remarried Surviving Spouse of US Service Member Killed in Action
4. Surviving Spouse of Peace Officers and Firefighters Killed in the Line of Duty
To file for the appropriate homestead exemption, the property owner shall provide the City of Sky Valley staff with all of the following:
a) A valid Georgia Driver’s License or Georgia Identification Card.
b) Registration for vehicles owned by and registered in the name of the applicant.