Clerk of Court
Planning and Zoning
Joint Development Authority
Northwest GA Regional Commission
Frequently Asked Questions
How is Government Funded?
Where do my Tax Dollars Go?
Who are the County Commissioners?
Where can I find Contact Information?
Where do I find regulations and codes?
When does the Board of Commissioners Meet?
Where does the Board of Commissioners meet?
Can I attend the meetings?
911 and Emergency Management
What is 911?
Why was the number 911 selected?
When do I call 911?
Should I call 911 any time I need to reach the Police Department, Fire Department, or EMS?
How do I reach these other departments for non-emergency issues?
Can anyone who works at 911 can find out my phone number or address?
Does this mean I can just dial 911 and say (for example), "I have a fire", and hang up?
What do I say when I call 911?
Board of Elections
What are acceptable forms of ID for voting?
What if I do not have a picture ID?
How do I know if I am registered to vote?
How do I register to vote online?
What do I do if I have moved?
How can I get an absentee ballot?
How do I qualify to run for public office?
Where can I find candidate qualifying fees?
Where can I get information about my elected officials?
How was I chosen for Jury Duty?
What happens when I report for jury duty?
How long will I serve?
What should I wear?
What if I have an emergency?
What types of cases will I hear?
Building, Planning and Zoning
How do I find how my property is zoned?
How can I determine how my property can be used?
What are my building setbacks?
What is a variance?
Can I subdivide my property?
What is the process for plat approval?
How do I apply for a zoning district change?
Why do I have to change the batteries in my smoke detector when it hasn’t gone off?
How often should I change the batteries in my smoke detector?
Why does my CO (Carbon Monoxide) detector goes off for no apparent reason?
Why can't I burn my garbage in Whitfield County?
Can I burn yard debris and fallen tree limbs after a storm or high wind?
How can I obtain a burn permit?
What do I do in case of a fire in my home or business?
How many smoke detectors do I need?
Which Fire Station is closest to where I live?
How many Fire Stations does Whitfield County Have?
How can I become a firefighter?
What is the meaning of ad valorem property tax?
Who determines the value of my property for tax purposes?
What steps do the Tax Assessors use when they appraise my property?
What is an assessment notice and why did I receive one?
What is the difference between sales price and market value?
What would cause my property to increase without making any improvements?
What are some other reasons for a property appraisal increase?
I agree with my property valuation, why did values increase so much in one year?
Who sets the millage rates?
What is the assessment percentage in Georgia and who sets it?
How is the amount of my property tax determined?
If my property value and assessment remain the same, can my tax bill change?
How can I have a tax increase with no mill rate change?
When will I receive a property tax bill?
How can I qualify for Homestead Exemption?
Are there any other exemptions available?
If I did not own my home for the full year, can my taxes be prorated?
Can the interest and penalty be waived since I did not receive a tax bill?
I disagree with my appraised value. Are there any avenues for appeal?
How can I appeal my property value?
What are my responsibilities, obligations, and procedures for an appeal?
Do I have to pay my property taxes before the appeal is settled?
If I appeal my valuation, will the resulting decision be used in future years?
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