On Tuesday, May 21st, the Lumpkin County Senior Center will have Spirit Night at Zaxby’s. Between the hours of 5pm – 8pm, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Senior’s Special Activity Fund. We appreciate your support!
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Rita Harkins, Lumpkin County Clerk of Courts, was named Clerk of the Year by the Ninth Judicial District Council of Superior Court Clerks. The district consists of 15 counties. The announcement was made at a recent meeting held in Hall County. Please join us in congratulating Ms. Harkins on the honor.
Lumpkin County Park and Recreation Services to be Managed In-House
Dahlonega, Ga. (January 23, 2013) – The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners voted to terminate the management contract for park and recreation services with the Georgia Mountains YMCA and operate park and recreation services for its citizens in-house.
Beginning February 1, 2013, park and recreation services will be managed by Lumpkin County. The County is working now to implement a transition team until such time key positions can be filled.
If you have paid a registration fee to the YMCA for soccer or baseball, the County will honor that fee. Any fees paid for programs will be honored until such time programming can be evaluated by staff.
If you have rented space from the YMCA for a Lumpkin County facility, your rental agreement will be honored based upon the signed agreement.
Lumpkin County will be evaluating park and recreation services, programs, and rentals to ensure that citizens are provided with the highest level of service with the greatest value to taxpayers and we ask for your patience as we transition back to county staffed services.
If you have any questions, please contact Lumpkin County Parks and Recreation at 706-864-3622. As new information is available, it will be distributed via website and email to end users.
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SYSTEM FOR TAXING MOTOR VEHICLES TO CHANGE MARCH 1, 2013
Dahlonega, Ga. (January 22, 2013) – Tax reform legislation enacted by the Georgia General Assembly in 2012 created a new system for taxing motor vehicles registered in Georgia. As a result, the annual vehicle ad valorem tax, often called the “birthday tax,” will change to a state and local title ad valorem tax on March 1, 2013. The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners encourages individuals who plan to purchase or transfer the title on a vehicle to learn more about these changes before visiting the county tag and title office.
Beginning March 1, 2013, state and local sales tax will no longer apply to the purchase of a motor vehicle. All vehicles purchased or transferred into ownership after this date also will no longer be subject to the annual ad valorem tax. Instead, these vehicles will be subject to a new, one-time state and local title ad valorem tax (TAVT) that is paid at the time owner registers the vehicle and applies for the title with the county.
The new system for taxing vehicles only applies when the ownership of the vehicle is transferred through a title exchange. All other vehicle owners will continue to operate under the current system and pay the annual ad valorem taxes until they no longer hold title to the vehicle.
The title ad valorem tax is collected by the county tax commissioner before a new title is issued and the vehicle is registered. The new title ad valorem tax is calculated at a rate of 6.5% of the vehicle’s value, not the sales price, as defined by the Department of Revenue’s motor vehicle ad valorem assessment manual. When there is no value available in the assessment manual, the bill of sale or a reputable used car market guide determines the value. The trade-in value of another motor vehicle will be deducted from the value to get the taxable value.
The Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) has developed a title ad valorem tax calculator to help people determine the amount of taxes they will owe that is available at: http://onlinemvd.dor.ga.gov/Tap/welcome.aspx.
All vehicles purchased on or after March 1, 2013 are subject to this new system, regardless of where the vehicle is purchased. Vehicles purchased through a private sale that were previously exempt from sales tax, such as vehicles that are sold between individuals and not through a dealer, will now be subject to the title ad valorem tax.
Following are other important changes that will go into effect on March 1, 2013:
- Vehicles transferred from another state to Georgia will be subject to the title ad valorem tax in two installment payments, in addition to the title and registration fees that they were responsible for in the past.
- Leased vehicles will still be subject to a use tax on the monthly lease payment. The dealership is responsible for paying the title ad valorem tax and may include this cost in the term of the lease.
- Vehicle titles transferred between family members, including spouses, parents, children, siblings, grandparents or grandchildren, will be handled as follows:
o Vehicles owned prior to March 1, 2013: The family member who is titling the vehicle has the option to pay the full title ad valorem tax or continue to pay the annual ad valorem tax under the old system.
o Vehicles purchased on or after March 1, 2013: The family member who is titling the vehicle is subject to a 0.5% title ad valorem tax.
- Title applications must be processed in the county where the vehicle is to be registered.
- Salvage vehicles and vehicles donated to charities will pay a reduced title ad valorem tax at a rate of 1%.
- Certain veterans who were exempt from annual motor vehicle ad valorem tax will also be exempt from the title ad valorem tax.
For more information on the new title ad valorem tax, go to www.etax.dor.ga.gov and click on “Motor Vehicles” and then the “Tax Calculator” button or www.accg.org and click on “Motor Vehicle Tax Reform.”
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The Lumpkin County Senior Center has an urgent need for volunteers to deliver meals to home-bound individuals. Please contact
Rhonda Bailey at 706-864-2358 for more information.
The 2012 edition of the Lumpkin County Road Atlas is now available for purchase at the Lumpkin County Planning Department located at 25 Short St. The cost is $10 each.
If you have a GPS unit and notice missing roads and addresses, you should contact the GPS unit manufacturer directly to see how to get the map information updated. Many navigational GPS units and internet mapping sites utilize road information primarily from two private providers; Navteq and Teleatlas. Both companies have map change/error reporting websites at: http://mapreporter.navteq.com andhttp://mapinsight.teleatlas.com/. Check both websites; this is the best way to notify the providers of errorsor missing roads. There may be other providers, but these two appear to be most common.
Lumpkin County Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department maintains road and address mapping data for use by our County Emergency Services and other County Departments. Private companiesmay contactthe Countyto obtain updates fromus. If you see there is an error in the County GIS, please contact the GIS Department at (706)864-6894 or submita commentthrough the GIS contact page at http://www.lumpkincounty.gov/maps/contact, and we will check our information immediately. You may also browse the Lumpkin County GIS Map at http://maps.lumpkincounty.gov/gomapsto see how we have roads and addresses mapped.
What a fantastic turnout! Lumpkin County Emergency Services is announcing the depletion of the weather radios. If you were unable to pick up a radio they can be purchased at Wal-Mart. Don’t forget to call the fire department if you haven’t signed up for CODE RED. Please call the office at 706-864-3030.