House Bill 465 (passed by both the Georgia House of Representatives and Georgia Senate and signed by Governor Deal) authorizes the governing party of Putnam County, Putnam County Board of Commissioners, to levy an excise tax at a rate not to exceed 8 percent of the charge for furnishing for value to the public of any room or rooms, lodgings, or accommodations by any person of legal entity licensed by, or required to pay business or occupation taxes to, the county for operating a hotel, motel, inn, lodge, tourist camp, tourist cabin, campground, or any other place in which rooms, lodgings, or accommodations are regularly or periodically furnished for value.

Effective June 1, 2015 the amount of Hotel-Motel tax payable to Putnam County each month will increase from 5 percent to 8 percent and you must begin collecting this increase immediately.  Each Putnam County Hotel Motel permit holder will be provided updated tax reporting forms which will reflect the increase in the excise tax.   The monthly excise tax is paid to the County in arrears, therefore; the tax payments for June 2015 are due and payable by July 20, 2015.