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Permits are required for new construction. This includes adding to an existing structure such as a
business, home or office. This includes carports, garages, sunrooms, swimming pools, extra bedrooms and other construction.
Robert Smith - Building Inspector - Phone:
haralson county tax commissioner
The County Tax Commissioner is an office established by the Constitution.
This official is responsible for receiving tax returns filed by taxpayers or designating the Board of Tax Assessors to
receive them: receiving and processing applications for homestead exemption; serving as an agent of the State Revenue
Commissioner for the registration of motor vehicles; and performing all functions relating to billing, collecting,
disbursing, and accounting for ad valorem taxes collected in the county.
Barbara Ridley, Tax Commissioner - Office Hours Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
4276 Georgia Highway 120
Buchanan, GA 30113
PO Box 330
Buchanan, GA 30113
Phone: (770) 646-2020
Fax: (770) 646-8677
Online Payments for property taxes @ www.haralson.paytaxes.net
Online Payments for motor vehicle @ www.dor.ga.gov or 1-877-496-0249
Online site to view property tax records @ www.qpublic.net
county board of tax assessors
The County Board of Tax Assessors, appointed for fixed terms by the County
Commissioners, are responsible for determining taxability; the appraisal, assessment, and the equalization of all assessments within the county. They notify taxpayers when changes are made to the value of the property; receive and review all appeals filed; and they insure that the appeal process proceeds properly. In addition, they approve all exemptions claimed by the
Hubert Sparks - Chief Appraiser - Phone: (770) 646-2022 -
Fax: (770) 646-2050
Office Hours Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
County board of equalization
The County Board of Equalization, appointed by the Grand Jury, is the
body charged by law with hearing and adjudicating administrative appeals to property values and assessments made by the
Board of Tax Assessors. (Note: an arbitration method of appeal is available to the taxpayer in lieu of an appeal to the
Board of Equalization at the option of the taxpayer at the time the appeal is filed.)
The Chief Appraiser and appraisal staff are charged with the annual valuation of all property in Haralson County (real
and personal). Georgia law requires that all property be appraised at "fair market value." This is
generally accepted as the value paid by the purchaser, when neither the seller nor the purchaser is under any duress
to buy or sell. Analysis of these sales form the basis for the valuation of similar properties.
Georgia law requires that your property be assessed for tax purposes at 40% of the appraised value. This is why it is
always important for you to be aware of the value the tax assessors have placed on your property.
A large portion of the operating revenue needed for Haralson County comes from the taxation of privately held property.
The Haralson County Board of Commissioners, the Haralson County Board of Education and cities within the county set millage
rates each year based on their budgetary needs. The millage rate is then multiplied against the assessed value of your
property (less any exemptions) to determine the amount of taxes you owe.
2012 Millage Rate: (if your property is located in unincorporated Haralson
State of Ga. .20 mils
Haralson County 11.02 mils
County Schools 16.83 mils
tax calculatons and exceptions
Property tax is one of the primary sources of revenue for Haralson County.
It is used to fund police and fire services, education, roads, bridges, water, parks, and other county services. The basis
for property tax is the fair market value of the property, which is established on January 1 of each year. The tax is levied
on the assessment value, which by law is established at 40% of fair market value. The amount of tax is determined by
the millage rate. (One mill of tax is equal to $1 per $1,000 of assessed value.)
Applications are accepted year round. Those for the current year must be
made prior to April 1 of the year the application is being sought. Once you have applied for an exemption, you do not need to
reapply unless you move to another location.
You may be eligible for conservation use or preferential agricultural assessment exemption if you are in good faith
agricultural/forest production. This would include producing plants, trees, fowl or animals, or the production of
aquaculture, horticulture, floriculture, forestry, dairy, livestock, poultry and apiarian products.
With both programs, you enter into a 10-year covenant with Haralson County whereby you agree to continue your property
in agricultural or forestry production. Preferential Agricultural Assessment generally provides a 25% advantage
over fair market value. Conservation use can offer significant savings, in some cases greater than 50% of fair
residential transitional exemption
If you live in an area that is in a transition form from residential
to commercial use, and it is affecting the value of your property, you may apply for a residential transitional assessment
covenant. This is also a 10-year covenant. For all three exemptions, apply between January 2 and April 1.