The City of Kennesaw Finance Department is responsible for billing, collecting and disbursing city property taxes. Taxes are generated on property values that are determined by the Cobb County Tax Assessor’s Office. Taxable property includes not only real estate, but also personal property; boats, airplanes and business assets. Cobb County is responsible for collecting the city taxes on motor vehicles, timber and mobile homes – the City of Kennesaw does not directly collect these. Taxes are billed or levied in the fall of each tax year for the period of January 1 through December 31 of that year. Annual property tax bills are mailed October 1 and are due by December 1. If you have not received your tax bill by the first week of October, please contact the Office of Property Tax.
View an informational brochure about the city’s property tax guidelines.
The city offers a tax exemption for residents age 65 and over on annual city property taxes. You must provide a photocopy of identification such as a Georgia driver’s license to qualify. Apply by April 1 to receive the exemption on the upcoming tax year. Access the Senior Property Tax Exemption application form in the Document Center.
If you have additional questions, please contact the city property tax administrator.
Other Helpful Links:
- Cobb County Tax Commissioner
- Cobb County Tax Assessor
- Georgia Department of Revenue
- Georgia General Assembly – Georgia Code
Frequently Asked Questions
When will I receive a property tax bill?
Property tax bills are normally mailed on October 1. If you have not received a tax bill by October 15, please contact our office at 770-429-4542.
When are property taxes due?
Property tax bills are due December 1 every year.
I live in Acworth, why do I have to pay taxes to Kennesaw?
Your mailing address (city) is determined by the United States Postal Service. Your property may be inside the city limit boundary of Kennesaw, but your mailing address may be Acworth. There are also properties inside the city limits of Acworth that have a Kennesaw mailing address as well.
Is there a penalty charge for a late payment?
For taxes not paid by the due date, interest will begin to accrue the day following the due date and will continue to accrue on the principal amount each month thereafter, until the bill is paid in full. Additionally, penalty will accrue at 5% after 120 days with an additional 5% assessed after each successive 120 days to a maximum of 20% of the principal amount due.
Does the Property Tax Office accept partial payments?
Yes. We will accept partial payments on your bill until paid in full. However, interest will accrue on the unpaid principal balance if not paid in full by the due date.
If I did not own my home for the full year, can my taxes be prorated?
No. Taxes are calculated for the entire year. If a contractual agreement was made at your closing to designate another party responsible or partly responsible for the payment of taxes, we suggest you contact your closing attorney or refer to your closing documents.
My mortgage company pays my tax bill; can you mail my bill to the mortgage company?
If your property taxes are escrowed and paid by your mortgage company, your tax information will be made available electronically upon request from your mortgage company. To ensure your mortgage company is aware of your taxes, we suggest you forward your bill to the mortgage company as well.
I closed my business or no longer own personal property do I have to pay taxes?
If the business closed or the property was sold after January 1 of the current tax year, the tax is due. Taxes are assessed as of January 1 for the entire tax year. If the property closed or sold after January 1, you must notify Cobb County Tax Assessors at 770-528-3100, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can the interest and penalty be waived since I did not receive a tax bill?
No. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve you of the responsibility to make payment by the due date. If you did not receive a tax bill, please contact our office through the website, by telephone or visit the office location to request a tax bill.
Where can I pay my property taxes?
You may pay your taxes online, In-Person or mail your payment to:
City of Kennesaw Property Tax Division
2529 J.O. Stephenson Ave
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Can I pay my taxes without a tax bill coupon?
Yes. Note the parcel number or the parcel address on the check or money order and submit it for payment.
Do you accept postmarks?
Yes, we honor U.S. Government Post Office Postmarks. Postmarks are only applicable to current year bill due dates.
When does a Fi.Fa (Tax lien) go on the property?
After the due date, the Property Tax Office will notify the taxpayer in writing that the taxes are outstanding and unless taxes are paid within thirty (30) days, an execution (FiFa) will be issued in accordance with O.C.G.A. §48-3-3. At any time after the 30-day notice has elapsed, the Property Tax Office shall issue an execution (FiFa) against the owner and the property.
When, where, and what time is the tax levy sale?
Tax levy sales are held on the first Tuesday of November every year. If that Tuesday falls on a holiday, the sale will take place on the following business day. The sale is held at Kennesaw City Hall and begins at 9:00 a.m.
When and where do you advertise for the sale?
Advertisements can be found in the Marietta Daily Journal newspaper.
How can I qualify for Homestead Exemption?
To qualify, you must own and occupy the property as your legal residence as of January 1 of the current tax year. There is no deadline to apply; however; to receive the exemption for the current year, applications must be filed by April 1 of the current year. Applications filed after April 1 will be considered for the following year. For additional information on eligibility or the proper method of applying for an exemption, you may call Cobb Tax Assessors’ Office at (770) 528 3100 or visit www.cobbtax.org.
How can I appeal my property value?
If you determine your property value is not reflective of the fair market value, you may file a Property Tax Return requesting a change in assessment between January 1 and April 1 with Cobb Tax Assessor’s Office. For additional information on filing a return, please contact Cobb Tax Assessor’s at (770) 528 3100 or you may visit www.cobbtax.org.
If I appeal my property value, do I have to pay my property taxes while in appeal?
Yes. If your property is under appeal, you will receive a Temporary Tax Bill at 85% of the amount due. You are required to pay the bill by the due date in order to avoid interest and fees. A refund and/or an adjusted bill will be provided after the appeal is resolved.
Once Cobb County Board of Equalization makes a final decision on your appeal, they will immediately forward the decision to the City of Kennesaw and appropriate adjustments will be made.
How can I change my mailing address on my tax bill?
In order to change the mailing address for your property tax bill, you must submit a written request to Cobb County Tax Commissioner’s Office.
You may complete the online form at www.cobbtax.org and return the completed form to Cobb County tax commissioner:
By mail: P.O. Box 100127
Marietta, GA 30061-7027
Or Fax: 770-528-8679