Who We Are
The Tax Commissioner is an elected Constitutional Officer responsible for every phase of collecting property taxes, from processing property Homestead Exemption applications through preparation of the digest, billing, accounting, and disbursements.
Property taxes include those assessed on real estate, public utilities, motor vehicles and mobile homes. These collections are disbursed to school and local governing authorities. As a tag agent for the stat of Georgia, the Tax Commissioner is also responsible for the collection of all fees, and penalties for motor vehicle applicable under the Georgia Code. The Tax Commissioner enforces all regulations mandated by the state.
A large percentage of the revenue realized by the Richmond County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education is generated from ad valorem taxes collected by the Tax Commissioner. The financial stability of these institutions largely depends upon the efficient operation of the Tax Commissioner's office. Richmond County also benefits from taxes collected on motor vehicles, mobile homes, and heavy-duty equipment. The Tax Commissioner is also responsible for collecting solid waste charges and street light charges assessed by the County.
The Richmond County Tax Commissioner, an office established by the Georgia Constitution and elected for a four-year term, is the official responsible for receiving and processing applications for homestead exemption; serving as agent of the State Revenue Commissioner for the registration of motor vehicles; and performing all functions related to billing, collecting, disbursing, and accounting for ad valorem taxes collected in this county on behalf of the State of Georgia, Richmond County Commission, and the Richmond County Board of Education.
Core Values and BeliefsAccuracy-Provide information to county officials, that is accurate so decisions can be made with confidence and in a timely manner.
Cooperation-Be able to work with other governmental organizations, county departments, elected officials, and citizens to identify how we can work together to meet our goals.
Customer Service-Treat internal and external customers with respect and assist them in a timely manner. Follow a process of continuous improvement in our operations in order to become more efficient, responsive and better serve the needs of the citizens.
Efficiency-Maximize impact of revenue received by our office to ensure the county continuous to receive an excellent return on its investment. Review expenses to ensure funds are spent wisely and waste is minimized.
Trust-Citizens must have confidence in the Tax Commissioner's office'' commitment to public service. We must allocate county funds properly and with them aim of improving our outcomes.