Welcome to the Decatur County Assessors Office Web Site!

The goal of the Decatur County Assessors Office is to provide the people of Decatur County with a web site that is easy to use. You can search our site for a wealth of information on any property in Decatur County.

The information contained herein reflects the values established in the "most current published" tax digest. *Please note that the Assessors Office establishes values only. The Decatur County Tax Commissioner should be contacted with tax bill related questions.

Notice to Property Owners and Occupants Concerning Visits to your Property

In accordance with O.C.G.A 45-5-264.1, please be advised that the Decatur County Appraisal Staff and/or Contracted Appraisal Staff may be visiting your property to review your parcel information concerning an appeal filed, return filed, construction of new improvement or addition, 3-year review of parcel, properties that have changed ownership in past 12 months, reported fire damage or demolition and/or reviewing covenant applications. A field appraiser from our office will have photo identification and will be driving a marked vehicle. If you have any further questions, please call our office at 229-248-3008.

Notice to Taxpayer

In compliance with Georgia Law 48-5-264.1 requiring reasonable notice in advance of the Appraisal Staff and/or Contracted Appraisal Staff visiting property while conducting official business, this notice serves to inform the property owner that the staff is required to visit the property to verify information. These appraisal reviews may include measuring structures, listing construction information, and photographing the subject property. Prior to the property review by the Board of Assessors, members of the County Appraisal Staff and/or Contracted Appraisal Staff will conduct an on-site review of the property.

All members of the Appraisal Staff and/or Contracted Appraisal Staff visiting your property will display identification with a photo, and will drive marked vehicles, which will permit the owner/occupant to readily ascertain that such person is a representative of the Decatur County Board of Assessors.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Did you know?
Decatur County was created in 1823 from portions of Early County. The county was named in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur who defeated the Barbary Coast pirates at Tripoli in 1815. Bainbridge, the county seat, was named for Commodore William Bainbridge, commander of the U.S. Constitution, "Old Ironsides."

The Decatur County area was the site of several battles between Indians and early settlers. In the early 1700s, both the Spanish and English fought with Creek Indians. In 1818, General Andrew Jackson led troops from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Georgia to victory over the Seminole Indians.

Decatur County is divided by the Flint River, which flows to meet the Chattahoochee. Together they form the Apalachicola River which flows to the Gulf of Mexico. At the junction of the two rivers, the Jim Woodruff Dam forms Lake Seminole. A system of locks at the dam allows barge traffic to travel between the inland port at Bainbridge and the Gulf of Mexico.

The limestone aquifer underlying Decatur County is broken in many places, encouraging the formation of caves and lime sinks — one at Curry's Mill is almost 700 feet wide and reaches a depth of 102 feet.

Decatur County is the nation's leader in the production of Fuller's Earth, a type of clay with varied chemical uses. Once used for bleaching petroleum and cleaning grease out of wool, Fuller's Earth is currently used as cat litter and as an additive to insecticides and cements.

Lake Seminole is widely regarded as one of the nation's best lakes for large mouth bass fishing. In addition, local anglers fish for striped and white bass, catfish, crappy, and bream. Also, Lake Seminole is popular among area duck hunters.

Decatur County is the home to several annual festivals. During the first week in May, the River Town Days celebrates a specific state's culture, history, food, and music and the Decatur County Fall Festival and Fair in October in Bainbridge.
Source: georgia.gov

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