Chatham county residents who reside within Savannah’s city limits are required to pay both county and city property taxes per Georgia law.
Tax on real property shall be based on the assessed value thereof as determined by the Chatham County Board of Tax Assessors. The City of Savannah receives a tax file from Chatham County twice a year before each of the tax billings for the year. The file contains:
- Parcel number
- Market value
- Exemption codes and amounts
- Property type
- Name and address
- Legal description
- Base year value for the Stephens Day exemption
- Base year value with Consumer Price Index
- Code indicating jurisdiction, County or City
Specific questions regarding your assessment should be directed to the Assessor’s Office at 912-652-7271 or via email.
Taxes are billed against the assessed value of the property which is 40% of the market value. Example: $75,000 (Fair Market Value of Property) x 40% = $30,000 (Assessed Value).
If a property’s value is under appeal, it will be billed at the greater of 85% of the new assessed value or 100% of last year’s assessed value. Some properties can have more than one tax levied upon it and real property taxes are billed semi-annually. First installment real property tax bills are calculated by dividing the prior year's taxes in half with any changes in value or exemptions being "netted" out of the second installment.
Real Property taxes are billed annually in two installments. However, Personal Property, Industrial Area, and Public Utility taxes are billed in one installment annually.
Source: City of Savannah