NOTE: Our office will not be able to process tag and title transactions after 12:00 p.m., Thursday, May 23 through Monday, May 27 in preparation for our new DRIVES system. May birthdays should plan to renew early.


Dear Taxpayer,

The duties and responsibilities of the office of Tax Commissioner are many and varied, but our main function is to serve you, the citizens of Oconee County. This site has been prepared to help you understand your rights and responsibilities as a property owner. I hope it will be of value to you. I have attempted to answer frequently asked questions and provide general information regarding taxation in Oconee County.

Please remember that this website cannot cover the many and complex laws and should not be relied on as a legal source of information. Whether you are a new resident or have been in our county for some time, my goal is to fulfill my responsibility as your Tax Commissioner in a fair and equitable manner. Please feel free to contact this office if you have any questions on the information addressed on this site.



Jennifer Riddle, Tax Commissioner

Frequently Asked Questions
The information in this web site is intended to aid you in understanding your rights and responsibilities relating to property tax in Oconee County. A small web page cannot cover the many and complex tax laws in Georgia. If you have questions or need clarification, please call the office at 706-769-3917. My staff and I are here to help you.

Purpose of this Site

The purpose of this site is to answer questions and provide general information to the public on taxation in Oconee County, Georgia. This site does not necessarily cover every aspect of property taxation and should not be relied upon as a legal source of information. Please refer to the specified code sections for specific limitations.

The Department of Revenue sponsors a web site where the non-annotated version of the Official Code of Georgia can be viewed. You can view this site by clicking HERE.

The Oconee County Tax Commissioner's Office should be contacted for more information on inquiries about billing and collection of property taxes, and the Oconee County Board of Tax Assessor's Office should be contacted for more information on property values. The phone number for the Tax Assessor is 706-769-3921.

What is property taxation?

Property tax is an ad valorem tax, which means according to value. Ad valorem tax, the tax collected by the tax commissioner, is based on the value of the taxable property in the county.

What property is taxed?

All real estate and personal property are taxable unless law has exempted the property. (O.C.G.A. 48-5-3) Real property is land and generally anything that is erected, growing or affixed to the land; personal property is everything that can be owned that is not real estate. Personal property typically consists of inventory and fixtures used in conducting business, boats, aircraft, farm machinery, motor vehicles and mobile homes. Your household property is not normally taxable.

Where do property tax dollars go?

  • To support administration of county government and the public school system. Click HERE to learn how your tax dollars contribute to quality public education.
  • To build and repair public buildings and bridges
  • To pay expenses of courts, county jail and law enforcement. Click HERE for information on how property taxes support public safety.
  • To build and maintain county roads. Click HERE for information on how tax dollars are used to improve area roads.
  • To provide First Responder and medical rescue services, including volunteer training and vehicles. Click HERE for information on how your tax dollars help save lives in Oconee County.
  • To provide for fire protection, including new facilities, trucks and firefighter training. Click HERE for statistics about fire protection and your tax dollars at work.
  • To provide for public health and sanitation, including recycling programs. Click HERE to see how your tax dollars support these efforts.
  • To support the county library system. Click HERE for information on how tax dollars are used to improve libraries in Oconee County.
  • To support recreational parks and programs, including after school programs, sports and camps. Click HERE to learn how your tax dollars help enhance the quality of life for Oconee County citizens.
  • To support historic preservation and community centers, including the County Civic Center and Bishop Community Center. Click HERE to see how your tax dollars support your community and help preserve its history.

Who decides how much my property is worth for tax purposes?

The Board of Assessors and their staff have the responsibility of determining the value of property in Oconee County. Each year between January 1 and April 1 every property owner has the ability to declare a proposed value for their property. (O.C.G.A. 48-5-9) These values are declared in the manner of 'filing a return'. Returns for real estate are filed in the Tax Assessor's office and returns for personal property are filed with the Tax Assessor's Office. The Board of Assessors will review your proposed value and if they disagree, an assessment notice with the Boards' value will be mailed to you.

What if I disagree with the Tax Assessors' value?

Taxpayers may challenge an assessment by Oconee County Board of Tax Assessors by appealing to Oconee County Board of Equalization within 45 days from the date of the assessment notice. For more information about the appeal process visit the Oconee County Tax Assessor's web site at http://www.qpublic.net/ga/oconee/

What is the difference between fair market value and assessed value?

Assessed value is defined as being 40% of the fair market value. Property in Georgia is taxed on the assessed value.

What is a millage rate?

The tax rate, or millage rate, is set annually by the Oconee County Board of Commissioners and the Oconee County Board of Education. A tax rate of one mill represents a tax liability of one dollar per $1,000 of assessed value. Each governing authority estimates their total revenue from other sources. This figure is subtracted from their overall budgetary needs, and then a millage rate is set that will generate the necessary revenues to fulfill budgetary requirements.

How is my tax bill calculated?

Once the property owner and the Board of Assessors have come to terms with an appropriate value, this value is provided to the Tax Commissioner for tax bill calculation. To calculate a tax bill, you must first deduct any exemptions that may apply from the assessed value; thus generating a net assessed (taxable) value. Next you multiply the net assessed value by the millage rate.

What is the HTRC credit on my tax bill?

The HTRC (Homeowner's Tax Relief Credit) is the result of the homeowner's tax relief enacted by the Governor and the General Assembly of the State of Georgia in 1999. The grant, appropriated by the General Assembly and the Governor for the last several years to counties, cities and schools, had given tax relief to homeowners in the form of a credit on their tax bills. For the 2009 tax year, the Governor and General Assembly did not fund the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant. Declining state revenues during the current recession means there is no money for the State to give the tax relief to homeowners. Therefore, there will not be a credit for this grant on 2009 tax bills on properties with homestead exemption. According to legislation passed in 2009 (House Bill 143), the grant will only be made available in the future if state revenues grow at least 3% plus the rate of inflation. As a result, many Georgia homeowners will see a property tax increase of $200 to $300 on their 2009 tax bills.

When is my tax bill due?

Taxes for real estate and business personal property are normally due in Oconee County on November 15th each year. Mobile/modular homes are due April 1 of each year and motor vehicles are due based on the owners' birthday. After the due date, for real estate and business personal property, interest at the rate of 1% per month is charged after November 15th. Additionally, a penalty of 10% will apply to all taxes that are not paid within 90 days of the deadline. If the property taxes remain unpaid, the Tax Commissioner has the right and responsibility to levy on the property for non-payment.

Once a tax bill is mailed out, please feel free to contact our office about details in making payments until paid in full. Payment arrangements do not relieve the taxpayer from penalties and interest if not paid in full by the due date.

Is there anyway to reduce my tax bill?

Yes. There are several exemptions and special assessment programs available. Contact the Oconee County Tax Assessor’s Office for details about e special assessments and the Oconee County Tax Commissioner's office for details of Homestead exemptions.

What is and how do I file for homestead exemption?

Homestead exemption is the system developed to exempt from taxation a specified amount of assessed value of your home.

For homestead exemption, you must both own and occupy your home as of January 1. Application for homestead exemption may be submitted any time during the year but must be received before April 1 of the taxable year to qualify for the exemption that year. Additional exemptions, based on income, are available for seniors who are 65 on January 1of the qualifying year. Income verified by presentation of income tax returns.

Where do I get a copy of my warranty deed?

You can obtain a copy of your warranty deed from the Clerk of Superior Court record center. This office is located in the Oconee County Courthouse, 23 North Main Street, Watkinsville, Georgia.

Do I pay taxes on my mobile/modular home?

Yes. Mobile/modular homes are considered personal property and are taxable. Taxes are due April 1. The owner of any mobile/modular home must obtain a location permit. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 45-5-493, it shall be unlawful to fail to attach and display on a mobile home the decal as required by code Section 45-5-432.

General Information
As we all prepare for our new state wide DRIVES system, our office will not be able to process any motor vehicle related transactions after 12PM on Thursday, May 23. This includes transactions for boat trailers and campers. The office will be closed Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th, and we will reopen at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, May 28th. The availability of the system on Tuesday will determine the level of service we can offer at that time. We appreciate your patience as we make the transition.

If you have a May birthday or plans that involve your boat and camper for Memorial Day weekend, we encourage you to renew/ register early; we will not be able to process tags or titles during this transition.

Office Hours and Payments

Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for motor vehicles and 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for property tax. Appointments are not required. Please note that lunchtimes are often the busiest time of day.

We accept check, cash or debit/credit cards. There is a 2.5% convenience fee (with $2.00 minimum) when using cards in office.


Please feel free to place your property tax or motor vehicle payments in our drop box is located at the back door of the courthouse. Be sure to include a daytime contact phone number with correspondences.

Ad Valorem Tax

Ad valorem tax, more commonly known as property tax, is a large source of revenue for local governments in Georgia. The basis for ad valorem taxation is the fair market value of the property, which is established as of January 1 of each year. The tax is levied on the assessed value of the property which, by law, is established at 40% of the fair market value unless otherwise specified by law (O.C.G.A. 48-5-7). Fair market value, means “the amount a knowledgeable buyer would pay for the property and a willing seller would accept for the property at an arm’s length, bona fide sale.” (O.C.G.A. 48-5-311) The amount of tax is determined by the tax rate (mill rate) levied by various entities (one mill is equal to $1.00 for each $1,000 of assessed value, or .001).

Several distinct entities are involved in the ad valorem tax process:

The State Revenue Commissioner is responsible for examining the tax digests of counties in Georgia in order to determine that property is assessed uniformly and equally between and within the counties (O.C.G.A. 48-5-340). In addition, the State levies ad valorem tax each year in an amount which cannot exceed one-fourth of one mill(.00025).

The County Board of Tax Assessors, appointed for fixed terms by the county commissioners, is responsible for the appraisal, assessment, and the equalization of all assessments within the county. They notify taxpayers when changes are made to the value of property, receive and review all appeals filed, and insure that the appeal process proceeds properly. In addition, they approve all exemptions claimed by the taxpayer.

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

The Board of County Commissioners, an elected body, establishes the annual budget for county government operations and levies the mill rate necessary to fund the portion of the budget to be paid for by ad valorem tax.

The County Board of Education, an elected body, establishes the annual budget for school purposes and adopts the mill rate necessary to fund the portion of the budget to be paid for by ad valorem tax.

The County Tax Commissioner, an elected office established by the Constitution, is the official responsible for performing all functions related to billing, collecting, accounting for and disbursing ad valorem taxes collected in this county. The Tax Commissioner also serves as an agent of the State Revenue Commissioner for the registration of motor vehicles.

Tax Bills

Generally, Oconee County property taxes are due by November 15. If taxes are not paid on the property, it may be levied upon and ultimately sold.

Tax Returns

Taxpayers are required to file at least an initial tax return for taxable property (both real and personal property) owned on January 1 of that tax year. The tax return is a listing of the property owned by the taxpayer and the taxpayer’s declaration of the value of their property.

Property tax returns must be filed with the Property Appraisal Department between January 1 and April 1 of each year. After the taxpayer has filed the initial tax return for real property, the law provides for an automatic renewal of that return each succeeding year at the value determined for the preceding year and the taxpayer is required to file a new return only as additional property is acquired, improvements are made to existing property, or other changes occur. Personal property tax returns are required to be filed each year with the Property Appraisal Department.

A new return, filed during the return period, may also be made by the taxpayer to declare a different value from the existing value where the taxpayer is dissatisfied with the current value placed on the property by the Board of Tax Assessors. This initiates the taxpayer's appeal process if the declared value is not accepted by the Board of Tax Assessors.

Assessment Appeals

When the Board of Tax Assessors changes the value of property from the value in place for the preceding year or from the value that was returned by the taxpayer for the current year, a notice of that change must be sent to the property owner. The property owner desiring to appeal the change in value must do so within 45 days of the date of mailing of this assessment notice. The assessment appeal may be made on the basis of the taxability of the property, the value placed upon the property, or the uniformity of that value when compared to other similar properties in the county. Additionally, the appeal should not be based on any complaint about the amount of taxes levied on the property.

The appeal is filed with the Board of Tax Assessors who again reviews their valuation and the appeal filed and informs the taxpayer of its decision. If the taxpayer remains dissatisfied, the appeal is forwarded to the County Board of Equalization. A hearing is scheduled and conducted and the Board of Equalization renders its decision. If the taxpayer is still dissatisfied with the decision, an appeal to Superior Court may be made. In lieu of an administrative appeal with the Board of Equalization, an arbitration method of appeal is also available to the taxpayer. The Board of Tax Assessors can provide details regarding this procedure.

Homestead Exemption

Homestead exemptions have been enacted to reduce the burden of ad valorem taxation for Georgia homeowners. The exemptions apply to homestead property owned by the taxpayer and occupied as his or her legal residence. Homestead exemptions are deducted from the assessed value of the qualifying property (40% of the fair market value).

To receive the benefit of the homestead exemption, the taxpayer must file an initial application. In Oconee County the application is filed with the Tax Commissioner. With respect to all of the homestead exemptions, the Board of Tax Assessors makes the final determination as to eligibility; however, if the application is denied the taxpayer must be notified and an appeal procedure then is available for the taxpayer.

Georgia law allows for the year-round filing of homestead applications but the application must be received by April 1 of the year for which the exemption is first claimed by the taxpayer. Homestead applications received after that date will be applied to the next tax year.

Once granted, the homestead exemption is automatically renewed each year and the taxpayer does not have to apply again unless there is a change of residence, ownership, or the taxpayer seeks to qualify for a different kind of exemption.

Under authority of the State Constitution several different types of homestead exemptions are provided. These are called State Exemptions. In addition, local governments are authorized to provide for increased exemption amounts. These are called Local County Exemptions. Oconee County has such local county exemptions. The Local County Exemptions supersede the State Exemptions when the Local Exemption amount is greater than the State Exemption amount. The Tax Commissioner can answer questions regarding the standard exemptions as well as any local exemptions that are in place.

Available Oconee County Homesteads (these are State & Local exemptions combined):

Veterans (S5, SS)
Must be 100% disabled-service connected Letter from Veteran Affairs verifying disability Unremarried surviving spouse or minor children may also qualify Amounts deducted from Assessed Value (40% FMV): State-$81,080;County- $81,080 ; School- $81,080 ; Bond-$81,080

ELDERLY EXEMPTIONS

Standard Elderly Exemption (S3)
Age 62 & over prior to January 1 of the year applied. Net income cannot exceed $10,000. Amounts deducted from Assessed Value (40% FMV): State- $2000; County- $2000; School- $10,000; School Bond- $10,000

Standard Elderly Exemption (S4)
Age 65 & over prior to January 1 of the year applied. Net income cannot exceed $10,000. Amounts deducted from Assessed Value (40% FMV): State- $4000; County- $4000; School- $10,000; School Bond- $10,000

The Floating or Varying Homestead Exemption ( State Exemption only) (S6, S8, S9)

This is an exemption which is available to homeowners 62 or older with gross household incomes of $30,000 or less. The exemption applies to state and county ad valorem taxes but it does not apply to school tax. The exemption is called a floating exemption because the amount of the exemption increases as the value of the homestead property is increased. However, since the exemption replaces any other state and county exemption already in place for the property, taxpayers should be very careful in making application since in many instances the granting of this exemption will initially at least increase the amount of taxes levied on the property.

LOCAL HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS: Under authority of the State Constitution several different types of homestead exemptions are provided. In addition, local governments are authorized to provide for increased exemption amounts and several have done so. The tax commissioner in your county can answer questions regarding the standard state exemptions as well as any local exemptions that are in place.

The Local County Exemptions supercede the state exemption amount when the local exemption is greater than the state exemption.

Oconee County has such exemptions:

Each person who is 65 or over on January 1 is hereby granted an exemption from county and school ad valorem taxes in the amount of $15,000 on a homestead owned and occupied by him as a residence if his net income, together with the net income of his spouse who also occupies and resides at such homestead, as net income is defined by local legislation and other applicable law, does not exceed $15,000 for the immediately preceding taxable year for income tax purposes. ( L1)

Each resident who is 65 years or over on January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption is made could be granted an exemption from all county and school ad valorem taxes on that person’s primary residence and not more than five acres of land immediately surrounding such residence if the person’s gross household income does not exceed $47,088 for the immediately preceding year. You must file for this exemption between January 1 and April 1. Proof of income is required for eligibility. (MC)

Each resident who is 65 years or over on or before January 1 of the year in which application for the exemption is made could be granted an exemption equal to the difference in the base year value and the current year value on the taxpayer’s primary residence and not more than 5 acres of land immediately surrounding each residence. This exemption shall only be granted if the taxpayer’s gross household income exceeds $47,088 for the immediately preceding year. This exemption shall be in lieu of and not in addition to any other homestead exemption applicable to Oconee County ad valorem taxes. The full law relating to this exemption should be referred to in order to determine eligibility. You must file for this exemption between January 1 and April 1. Proof of income is not required for eligibility. (LF)

Surviving Spouse Homestead Provision: An un-remarried surviving spouse may continue to receive the homestead exemption at the base value established for the deceased spouse, upon application and qualification. This exemption only applies to those counties that passed a local base year floating exemption.

Homeowners Tax Relief Grant
The HTRC (Homeowner's Tax Relief Credit) is the result of the homeowner's tax relief enacted by the Governor and the General Assembly of the State of Georgia in 1999. The grant, appropriated by the General Assembly and the Governor for the last several years to counties, cities and schools, had given tax relief to homeowners in the form of a credit on their tax bills. For the 2009 tax year, the Governor and General Assembly did not fund the Homeowners Tax Relief Grant. Declining state revenues during the current recession means there is no money for the State to give the tax relief to homeowners. Therefore, there will not be a credit for this grant on 2009 tax bills on properties with homestead exemption. According to legislation passed in 2009 (House Bill 143), the grant will only be made available in the future if state revenues grow at least 3% plus the rate of inflation. As a result, many Georgia homeowners will see a property tax increase of $200 to $300 on their 2009 tax bills.

Specialized and Preferential Assessment Programs

Two general types of specialized or preferential assessment programs are available for certain owners of certain types of property. One of these programs authorizes assessment at 30% rather than 40% of fair market value for certain agricultural properties being used for bona fide agricultural purposes.

The second type of preferential program is the Conservation Use program which provides that certain agricultural property, timber land property, environmentally sensitive property, or residential transitional property is to be valued and assessed for ad valorem tax purposes at its current use value rather than its fair market value.

Each of these specialized or preferential programs requires the property owner to covenant with the Board of Tax Assessors to maintain the property in its qualified use for at least 10 years in order to qualify for the preference. The Board of Tax Assessors can explain the ownership and use restrictions regarding property qualifying for either of these programs.

Rehabilitated and Landmark Historic Property

Historic property that qualifies for listing on the Georgia National Register of Historic Places may qualify for preferential assessment. The preferential assessment shall extend to the building or structure, the real property on which the building or structure is located, and not more than two acres surrounding the building or structure. The Board of Tax Assessors can explain the ownership and use restrictions regarding property qualifying for this assessment.

Brownfield Property

Property which qualifies for participation in the State's Hazardous Site Reuse and Redevelopment Program and which has been designated as such by the Environmental Protection Division of the Department of Natural Resources may qualify for preferential assessment. This special program provides for the preferential assessment of environmental and contaminated property by freezing the value for ten years as an incentive for developers to clean up the property and return it to the tax rolls. The Board of Tax Assessors can explain the ownership and use restrictions regarding property qualifying for this assessment.

Timber

Standing timber is not taxed until sold or harvested, at which time it is taxed based upon 100 percent of its fair market value. This value is then multiplied by the appropriate mill rate to determine the tax amount due.

Mobile/Manufactured Home Permits

Owners of mobile homes that are located in Oconee County on January 1 must pay the ad valorem taxes on the home by April 1 of each year and obtain their location permit at that time. Failure to pay the taxes and obtain the permit will result in a 10% tax penalty, issuance of a citation for appearance in Oconee Magistrate Court or possible sale of the mobile/manufactured home.

Mobile home owners desiring to declare a different value from the existing value on the home must file a tax return with the Board of Tax Assessors between January 1 and March 1.

For further information regarding property taxation in Georgia please visit the State of Georgia Local Government Services Division website at http://dor.georgia.gov.

Vehicles
As of July 1, 2007 you must have a Georgia Drivers license or Georgia ID in order to register your vehicle in Georgia.

Businesses must be registered with the Secretary of State.

New residents to Georgia must register vehicles within 30 days of obtaining a Georgia state driver's license and must have the following documents in order to register a vehicle:

Vehicle With No Lien

  • Out of State Title
  • Current Registration from Previous State
  • Georgia Insurance downloaded to Georgia Insurance Data Base (GEICS)
  • Georgia Drivers License with Oconee County Address
  • Current Mileage of vehicle

Vehicle With Lien

  • Loan Agreement with Complete Name and Address of Lien Holder and loan account number
  • Current Registration from Previous State
  • T-17 Affidavit of Lien Holder (available at tag office)
  • Georgia Insurance downloaded to Georgia Insurance Data Base (GEICS)
  • Georgia Drivers License with current Oconee County Address
  • Current Mileage of vehicle

Taxes

If vehicle was purchased prior to and registered in Georgia prior to March 1, 2013, then taxes on Motor Vehicles are due on the owner’s birth date. Vehicles owned by a business pay tax based on the first letter of the Business name. The tax is based on the 40% value of the vehicle. Taxes are due on a vehicle, even when the vehicle is not in use.

If the vehicle was purchased after and registered in Georgia after March 1, 2013, a one-time Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) will be collected. This tax is based upon the current state assessed Fair Market Value of vehicle and current Title Tax Rate (current amount 7%). View TAVT Calculator to estimate your tax.

Fees

Tag Fee for passenger vehicles and trucks weighing up to 14,000 loaded $20.00

  • Title Transfer Fee: $18.00; There is a $10 additional fee if not applied for within 30 days.
  • Trailer Tag Fee: $12.00*
  • Replacement Tag, Decal, or Title: $8.00

*Trailers with a gross vehicle weight of less than 2,000 pounds are not required to be titled in Georgia. The previous registration is required. If chain of ownership is broken, a VIN verification is required. View and download Form T-22B.

Trucks with a gross vehicle weight over 14,000 (Truck and load) fees are based on the weight and if the vehicle is considered to be for-hire or not-for-hire.

Vehicle Tag Renewals

RENEW YOUR TAG ONLINE through the Georgia Department of Revenue site:



Vehicle Tag Renewals can be processed by mail by completing the renewal form received in the mail and returning it to the Tax Commissioners Office or bringing this form to the office. Renewals must be made on or before the birth date of the primary owner when owned by an individual, or the last day of the month for a business. Failure to receive a renewal notice does not relieve the penalty.

The penalty for late registration is 10% of the tax and 25% of the tag fee. These penalties begin immediately following the due date.

We accept check, cash, debit/credit cards at a 2.5% (with $2.00 minimum) or money order for payments of Tag Renewals.
News
Office Hours, Payments
Our normal business hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for vehicle registrations and 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for property tax payments. Our office accepts check, cash, money order and credit/debit cards with a 2.5% convenience fee (with a $2.00 minimum). A drop box is provided for your convenience and is located at the Court Street entrance at the back of the Courthouse.

Taxes are due November 15th, 2015 and we accept postmark.

PLEASE NOTE THESE IMPORTANT DATES:
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2011 House Bill 1005......VEHICLES ACQUIRED FROM OTHER THAN A DEALER. Within seven (7) business days of purchase or other acquisition of a vehicle, the new owner shall, pursuant to O.C.G.A 40-2-29 apply to the owner's County Tag Agent and present the Certificate of Title, and insurance, accompanied by applicable fees. If the Certificate of Title is in the possession of a security interest or lien holder, the County Tag Agent shall issue a temporary operating permit valid for 30 days.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2011 House Bill 1005......"IN GOD WE TRUST" decal in lieu of a county name label for license plates. There is no charge for the "IN GOD WE TRUST" decals.

ATTENTION: IRP CUSTOMERS ...You now may report Mileage ONLINE! There are several other options available to IRP customers at this site. Visit Online Services at the Department of Revenue's website at https://dor.georgia.gov/motor-vehicles

GOLD STAR TAG: The Georgia Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division will allow The Gold Star Tag (honoring the family members of service members who have been killed in action) to begin issuance. This tag will only be issued to a family member directly related to the fallen member (un-married spouse, legal mother, legal father, sibling, and step-parent). More information on this tag and other Special Interest Tags, visit the State of Georgia Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Division at https://dor.georgia.gov/motor-vehicles

Car Insurance- Cancel Tag: Vehicle owners who cancel insurance on a motor vehicle are required to come into the office and cancel the tag. The tag has to be cancelled the same day insurance coverage is cancelled. If the vehicle is later reinsured, the owner must bring a binder from their insurance company and reinstate the tag. Failure to do so will result in fines and/or suspension of registration by the Georgia Department of Revenue.

HANDICAP PLACARDS...The Tax Commissioner’s Office is now issuing Handicap mirror placards. The MV-9D application is available at the Motor Vehicle Website at https://dor.georgia.gov/motor-vehicles

Important Notice
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 48-5-493. (a) (1) It shall be unlawful to fail to attach and display on a Mobile Home the decal as required by Code Section 48-5-492. (2) Any person who violates paragraph (1) of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $25.00 nor more than $200.00, except that upon receipt or proof of purchase of a decal prior to the date of the issuance of a summons, the fine shall be $25.00.

Holiday Schedule Closings
New Years Eve
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Friday after Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

When a holiday falls on Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed as the holiday. When a holiday falls on a Sunday, the holiday shall be observed on the following Monday unless changed by the Board of Commissioners.
Oconee County, GA

TAX HOME PAGE

Physical Address
23 North Main St
Watkinsville GA 30677

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 106
Watkinsville, GA 30677

Phone: 706-769-3917
Fax: 706-769-3964

Business Hours
Monday-Friday
Taxes: 8:00AM-5:00PM
Tags: 8:00AM-4:30PM

Jennifer T. Riddle
Tax Commissioner
jriddle@oconee.ga.us

Debra Watson Hunter
Deputy Tax Comm.
dwatson@oconee.ga.us

Lisa Jackson
Admin. Assistant
ljackson@oconee.ga.us

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