Putnam County Courthouse
100 S. Jefferson Avenue, Suite 109
Eatonton, Georgia 31024
Phone: (706) 485-6376
Understanding Your Property Assessment
Before you get your tax bill, you will receive an “Assessment Notice” from the Tax Assessors Office if you have recently purchased property, have made improvements to your property, or if our office has made changes to your property appraisal. This notice will show the appraised value of your property, which also will be used to calculate the amount of your next tax bill.
The Putnam County Board of Assessors and its staff are required by law to investigate and determine the location, ownership and fair market value of all taxable property. Failure to comply with this state law could result in costly penalties to the county and consequently passed on to the taxpayer.
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Board of Assessors
It is the duty of the County Board of Tax Assessors to:
- Value Property – assure that all personal property and all real property have been returned for taxation at the proper valuation;
- Examine Returns – examine the returns of real and personal property to determine if property has been omitted from the return or the valuation returned represents the fair market value of the property;
- Correct Returns – correct returns and assess the property at fair market value;
- Send Notices – give written notice to the taxpayer of changes in the return.
The Board of Assessors meets as needed in Suite 109 at the Putnam County Courthouse located at 100 S. Jefferson Avenue in Eatonton, Georgia.
Eugene Smith, Chairman
John Chaklos Jr.
Ronald M. Gilpin
Shelby J. Storey
Chuck Anglin, Secretary to the Board
Board of Equalization
The Board of Equalization is charged with the task of hearing appeals on property tax matters. These matters include:
- Established Value – This includes what the property would sell for on the market in transactions between informed buyers and sellers.
- Value Uniformity – This involves assessment values fairly equalized between individual taxpayers.
- Tax-ability – All real and personal property is subject to taxation and will be taxed unless otherwise provided for by law.
- Homestead Exemption Denials – The homestead that is owned by a resident of the state of Georgia and is occupied by the owner as their primary residence receives an exemption. A portion of the assessment is exempted from ad valorem taxation for county, state and school purposes.
- Special Assessment Denials – In Georgia the law provides for special assessments. This includes certain kinds of property such as; land used for agricultural or conservation use, land rehabilitated and landmark/ historic properties. It also includes contaminated property known more commonly as “Brownfields”, as well as environmentally sensitive properties including but not limited to storm-water and wetlands.
James P. Ryan
Larry “Steve” Benton
Jacob Bennekin, Jr.
Jesse Copelan, Jr.