Barrow County’s net tax digest plunged this year, according to the recently released county numbers.
For the general Barrow County government, the tax digest was $1.66 billion this year, down 9.4 percent from $1.83 billion last year. For the county school system, the digest went from $1.83 billion last year to $1.64 billion this year, a drop of 10.3 percent. It’s the second year in a row the digest has fallen in the county.
The effect of the declining digest is that if county tax rates stay the same, local governments will collect less money. The county government has already announced at least a one-mill tax hike this fall to offset the lower digest numbers.