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To make this easier to understand, say there is an accident on the side of the road and you call 9-1-1 from your cellular or PCS phone, but you don’t know where you are. Your phone would provide us with enough information to get emergency personnel close enough to look for and find you. However, if you are at home and you live in a subdivision or apartment complex and you call 9-1-1 from your cellular or PCS phone, we could still send emergency personnel, but it would take longer to find you because emergency personnel would have to go door-to-door until they found the correct house or apartment.
Other manufactured homes, such as rental units, will purchase a decal / sticker between January 1 and May 1 each year.
All manufactured homes are valued using the NADA Valuation Book unless the taxpayer files a return and meets the requirements to put the home on as a permanent structure.
The intent of code section 48-5-42.1 Personal Property Tax Exemption for Property Valued at $7,500 or Less, is to exempt from the payment of ad valorem taxation certain tangible personal property in which the tax due does not exceed the reasonable cost of administering and collecting the tax. All tangible personal property of a taxpayer, except motor vehicles, trailers, and mobile homes, shall be exempt from all ad valorem taxation if the actual fair market value of the total amount of taxable tangible personal property owned by the taxpayer within the county, as determined by the board of tax assessors, does not exceed $7,500.
For example, one-story houses may be in more demand than two-story houses or vice versa. Older homes in the same area may be rising in value more slowly than newer homes. Among the numerous factors to be considered that will cause values to differ are location, condition, size, quality, number of baths, a finished or unfinished basement, garages, and many others. However, higher assessments do not necessarily translate into higher taxes.
For a sale to be a market value (arm's length) sale, the seller and buyer must be unrelated. The seller must be willing (but not under pressure) to buy. The property must be on the market for a reasonable length of time. The payment must be in cash or its equivalent, and the financing must be typical for that type of property.
For commercial type rental properties, the income and expenses could be considered.
Examples of typical items that may increase the assessed value of your property include adding rooms or a garage, brick or vinyl siding, substantial modernization of kitchens or baths, central air conditioning, fireplaces, or extensive remodeling.
The property tax is part of a well-balanced revenue system. It is a more stable source of money than sales and income taxes because it does not fluctuate when communities have economic recessions.
As Murray County governments continue to upgrade schools, public safety, infrastructure improvements, and quality of life, your property values rise. Some of the windfall benefits you receive are recaptured by the property tax.
After obtaining the soil study, you may apply for permit by bringing the soil study, and a copy of the floor plan for the house, and the applicable fee to the Environmental Health office at 121 North Fourth Avenue.
A study guide and application can be found at the Georgia Department of Community Health's website.
On the 31st day after service, the case goes into default. However, the defendant has an additional 15 days to open the default by filing a late answer and paying all court costs along with the answer. While you may file an answer beyond the 45th day following service, such answer may be a legal nullity and void. You protect your rights by timely filing an answer with the clerk of court.
If you are also contending that the plaintiff actually owes you money, you should file a counterclaim against the plaintiff at the time you file your answer against the claim the plaintiff has filed against you.
If your case is appealed, it will be transferred to the Superior Court of Murray County. When a case is transferred pursuant to an appeal, the case will be assigned a new case number and will be scheduled for a new trial. You will receive notice from the Superior Court as to when your new trial will be held.
A Statement of Claim Form is available at the Magistrate Court clerk's office. Your claim must set forth the facts, which form the basis of your suit. You do not have to recite all of the evidence that you intend to produce at trial, but you should provide enough information so that the defendant will know what he or she is being sued for. If you have documents that support your case, you should attach those documents to the Statement of Claim (for instance, attach invoices, statements of account, contracts, work orders, etc.).
The cost to file a civil claim with the Murray County Magistrate Court is $97.00 for the filing fee.
Murray County Probate Court handles death and birth certificates, marriage licenses or certificates, and traffic violations. Contact Probate Court at (706) 695-3812.
Restraining orders must be done by an attorney.
You can also report anonymously via our online form to the Murray County Sheriff.
In the courtroom, the judge will tell you about the case, and introduce the lawyers and others who are involved in it.
Next is the questioning process called voir dire, which means “to speak the truth.” Counsel from both sides will question you and other members of the panel to find out if you have any knowledge about the case, any personal interest in it, or any feelings that might make it hard for you to be impartial. Usually a panel of 12 jurors is selected to serve on a case.
Civil cases are disputes between private citizens, corporations, governments, government agencies, or organizations. Usually, the party that brings the suit is asking for money damages for some alleged wrong that has been done. The party that brings the suit is called the plaintiff; the one being sued is called the defendant.
A criminal case is brought by the state, city, or county against one or more persons accused of committing a crime. In these cases, the state, city, or county is the plaintiff, and the accused person is the defendant.
Additionally, a penalty of 10% will apply to all taxes that are not paid within 90 days of the deadline. However, homesteaded property with a tax liability of less than $500 does not receive the 90-day penalty. If the property taxes remain unpaid, the tax commissioner has the right and responsibility to levy on the property for non-payment. Of course we consider this a last resort for tax collection and prefer to use other collection methods.
Additional stops cost $1 each. Please have exact fare if possible as drivers do not carry change. Personal care attendants accompanying or assisting persons with disabilities are permitted and will not be charged.