OWNERSHIP - The Assessors Office maintains ownership records of all real property in the county for tax purposes. When a deed is recorded in the Clerk of Superior Court office, the recording information is forwarded to the Assessors Office so the proper owner is sent tax information. Actual copies of deeds are recorded and maintained in the Clerk of Superior Court office. All ownership records for tax purposes are as of January 1 of each year. This information is a public record.
VALUATION PROCESS - The Assessors Office is required by Georgia law to appraise property at fair market value. This means according to the buying and selling of like property in the area. Once a year, a notice of property value is sent to new property owners and those whose value increased from the previous year. Appeals on the values may be received in the Assessors Office for 45 days from the date of the notice. (See Appeals Information for more detail.)
ADDRESS REQUESTS - An approved plat of property must be submitted for an address to be assigned. Addresses will be available for pickup for non-subdivision plats by noon the next day unless otherwise notified by the Assessors Office. At least 3 working days are required for addressing subdivision plats. There is no charge for address requests.
The cities of Stockbridge, Hampton, Locust Grove and McDonough address properties within their city limits.
TAX MAPS - Tax maps are not plats. Tax maps do not show dimensions of property. They do show the property identification or map code and can be used to identify property to find ownership and locate tax information. Plats are recorded and are available through the Clerk of Superior Court.
PERSONAL PROPERTY - Personal property encompasses all machinery, equipment, furniture, and fixtures used in a business. Georgia law requires this information to be reported to the Assessors Office by April 1 of each year. Reporting forms are mailed to owners during the first week of January. All boats, motors, and aircraft must also be reported by April 1 of each year.
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