Coweta Commission

County considering satellite tag office

by Sarah Fay Campbell

A satellite tag and driver’s license office in eastern Coweta County may become a reality in the near future.

At Thursday’s Coweta County Board of Commissioners work session, a “facilities needs assessment” was discussed, and a new office for the Coweta County Tax Commissioner was identified as a major need.

The assessment identified needs for the next five years.

“There has been some talk in the past about possibly locating a satellite office in the densely populated area around Thomas Crossroads or the northeastern part of the county – so a lot of the citizens wouldn’t have to make this trip” to downtown Newnan, said Associate County Administrator Eddie Whitlock.

The extra office would take some pressure off the main office, and would hopefully cut down on lines. There can also be issues with adequate parking at times, according to Whitlock.

Whitlock said that they have been in contact with the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services “and they have expressed interest in co-locating with the tag and tax function,” Whitlock said.

“Lines at the tag office are not new,” said Tax Commissioner Tommy Ferrell. Many years ago when the tag office was located in the 1904 Courthouse “lines were wrapped around the courthouse,” he said.

In the last few years, lines have become more of a problem. “We have a parking issue, a space issue. We don't have any other room to expand,” Ferrell said. The county’s population has grown and the new Title Ad Valorem Tax law has increased pressure on the office.

“I think I’ve got one of the best staffs I’ve had as long as I’ve been tax commissioner,” Ferrell said. And “the last few years have been really tough for them.”

“This is just an idea whose time has come,” Ferrell said. “I think it would be a popular idea with the public, with the taxpayers. I think it needs to be considered.”

Commissioner Bob Blackburn asked Ferrell if he had thought any more about automated kiosks.

Ferrell said he saw some at a training session. “We’re going to look at that, too – anything you can do to alleviate some of the pressure on the office,” he said.

“Even now, people can renew their tags by mail, they can get them online,” Ferrell said. But with 139,000 Coweta residents, and not just vehicles but also trailers having to be titled and tagged, there are still large numbers of people coming into the office.

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