Satellite tag office an idea whose time has come

The Coweta County Commissioners are considering setting up a satellite tag office in eastern Coweta County.

This is an idea with much merit. Coweta County’s population has grown from less than 30,000 in 1960 to about 139,000 today. Many of those new citizens live in the eastern part of the county, where housing developments fill what was once farmland and woodland.

Last month, the commissioners talked about establishing a satellite tag and driver’s license office in eastern Coweta County in the near future. “There has been some talk in the past about possibly locating a satellite office in the densely populated area around Thomas Crossroads or in the northeastern part of the county,” Associate County Administrator Eddie Whitlock said at the work session.

The satellite office would save many Cowetans a trip into Newnan, enabling them to pay for their tag or get a new driver’s license closer to home. The new location also could take pressure off the main tag office in the county administration building and reduce lines and waiting times.

County officials have been in touch with the Georgia Department of Driver’s Services. DDS has “expressed interest in co-locating with the tag and tax function,” according to Whitlock.

The new office should also ease the strain on limited downtown parking. “We have a parking issue, a space issue. We don't have any other room to expand,” Tax Commissioner Tommy Ferrell said.

It is time to acknowledge that the lifestyles of many Cowetans seldom, if ever, bring them to downtown Newnan. Those people need services and pay for them through taxes and fees. Like people throughout the county, they are busy with jobs, families and other facets of daily living. Being respectful of their limited time is not only wise, but it’s the right thing to do.

The satellite tag office is a good first step toward meeting the needs of large numbers of Coweta residents.

The satellite office is “an idea whose time has come,” Ferrell said, and he’s right. The commissioners need to move rapidly to make this idea a reality.



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