The Georgia General Assembly gave final passage to six bills that provide extensive protection to homeowners in north Fulton against massive property tax reassessments.  Representative Jan Jones authored several of the bills and co-sponsored the rest. The legislation expands current protections for the Fulton County portion of property tax bills and for city of Sandy Springs residents.  The bills add protections for the Fulton County School Board portion of property tax bills and the portions for the cities of Roswell, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Milton and Mountain Park. The new homestead exemptions for the cities and school system essentially freezes homeowners’ assessments for purposes of taxation at the 2016 level and allows for increases up to three percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower.  Homestead exemptions remain in place as long as homeowners own their homes.  Upon the sale of a home, the more current assessment takes effect and becomes the new “frozen” level. “I was determined to protect...READ MORE
The House Majority Caucus has published a list of 37 accomplishments from the 2017 session, which they call the 37 After 40.
Note:  The following editorial written by Rep. Jones appeared in the Milton Herald on June 21.  It has been updated to reflect more recent information about this changing issue. I want to make it clear to north Fulton residents that all hands are on deck to address skyrocketing property tax reassessments and the prospect of (even more) unaffordable property taxes. Real solutions may take awhile to fully sort out to the recent massive property tax reassessments. That’s small solace to a family raising children and paying the bills or a retiree wishing to remain in the community. Like many of you, I was aghast when I opened my reassessment notice from the Fulton County Board of Assessors (BOA).  Shortly thereafter, I realized what I’d thought was merely my problem was a debacle for good, hardworking and retired taxpayers throughout Fulton. No one in their right mind would believe one-quarter of Fulton County parcels could have 50 percent or higher justifiable...READ MORE

A Message from Jan

February 24, 2017

I want to thank you for granting me the privilege of serving as your State Representative for House District 47.  Without your support, I would not have the opportunity serve north Fulton, including Roswell, Milton, Alpharetta and Mountain Park. 

2017 State of the State

January 11, 2017

Governor Deal gave his State of the State speech today to the Georgia General Assembly. I have provided the text of his comments below. He emphasized the need for Georgia to make progress on failing schools, mental health treatment and opioid addiction. I look forward to working with him on these and other issues during this session. — Jan   Deal’s State of the State address: Georgia will ‘accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative’ Lt. Gov. Cagle, Speaker Ralston, President Pro Tem Shafer, Speaker Pro Tem Jones, members of the General Assembly, constitutional officers, members of the judiciary, members of the consular corps, my fellow Georgians: In 1944, Georgia’s own Johnny Mercer wrote the lyrics for a song titled “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive.” The most memorable lines from that song are: “You’ve got to accentuate the positive/ Eliminate the negative/ Latch on to the affirmative/ Don’t mess with Mister In-Between.” That was great advice for our nation as World War II was...READ MORE

2016 Legislative review

November 15, 2016

Jan’s newsletter, covering the 2016 legislative session, can be downloaded here: 2016 review (pdf) The newsletter includes a note from Jan, as well as overviews of legislative priorities and notes on significant legislation.
Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones (R-Milton) introduced legislation refining the HOPE scholarship to reward Georgia college students for taking rigorous science, technology, engineering, and math courses. The legislation directs the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to select bachelor-level science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses to receive extra weight for purposes of calculating the HOPE scholarship GPA while a student attends college. Identified core and major courses must be determined to be academically rigorous and required by or lead to jobs in high demand STEM fields. “This initiative will encourage our young people to develop the 21st century skills demanded in STEM fields and make Georgia even more competitive in attracting high tech companies to locate and expand in our state,” said Rep. Jones. The north Fulton legislator said she drew inspiration from Governor Nathan Deal’s earlier creation of the Strategic Industries Workforce Grants, which rewards students entering high demand programs offered by state technical colleges....READ MORE

2015 Top 40 Bills

April 29, 2015

The following legislation passed the Georgia General Assembly during the 2015 legislative session: HB 76 – 2016 Budget The Fiscal Year 2016 budget effective for state spending beginning July 1, 2015, is set by a revenue estimate of $21.8 billion. This reflects an increase of $992 million, or 4.7%, over the original Fiscal Year 2015 budget. Budgeting priorities include enhanced funding for transportation, maintaining State Health Benefit Plan coverage for non-certificated school employees, full funding for Equalization grants for low-property tax wealth public schools, salary adjustments for critical positions in state agencies, support for rural hospitals and provider rate adjustments for doctors that serve Medicaid patients. K-12 education received an infusion of $574.7 million, or 58% of all new revenue.  It provides $165.1 million to fully fund Quality Basic Education (QBE) enrollment growth of 1.33% as well as training and experience for teachers, charter system grants and State Commission Charter School supplements.  The bill also includes an adjustment in Local...READ MORE
Fulton County State Reps File Suit Against Fulton County Commission for Property Tax Rate Increase ATLANTA— Six Fulton County state representatives and one former state representative  announced today that they have filed legal suit to seek a preliminary and permanent injunction against the Fulton County Commission to stop a 17 percent property tax rate increase.  The legislators said that the increase violates measures outlined in House Bill 604, which they sponsored during the 2013 legislative session. “We regret having to take this action, but the Fulton County Commission voted to increase property taxes contrary to state law and property taxpayers’ best interests.  We’re committed to upholding state law and the Georgia Constitution and protecting Fulton County taxpayers,” said Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, primary author of House Bill 604. Plaintiffs of the suit are State Representatives Jan Jones (R-Milton), Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell), Lynne Riley (R-Johns Creek), Joe Wilkinson (R-Atlanta), Chuck Martin (R-Alpharetta) and Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs) and former State...READ MORE