Senate Bill 388 A Victory for Cherokee County

The state Senate passed Senate Bill 388 Feb. 16, and Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill Feb. 19. The bill calls for a local ballot referendum election no later than the May 21 primary election. If a majority of Cherokee County voters approve it, it would go into effect Jan. 1, 2025.

The bill would allow for Cherokee County seniors 62 and older, and disabled residents, who have lived within the county for at least five years to be exempt from all Cherokee County School District ad valorem taxes for educational purposes for the full value of the homestead. The expansion would also apply to property owners who qualify for and receive the senior school property tax exemption in 2024.

Now that the bill has been signed, the senior homestead expansion will be on the ballot in the May 21 election, said state Rep. Brad Thomas, R-Holly Springs, who chairs Cherokee’s legislative delegation.

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