Macon-Bibb tax office to move | News
When those in Macon-Bibb have to renew car tags, pay a garbage bill or update registrations, they can go to the county courthouse or a small office at the farmer's market on Eisenhower Parkway.
"We issue mobile home taxes, automobile renewals, new car registrations, insurance suspensions and lapses, we issue handicap placards," Thomas Tedders, tax commissioner, said.
But by mid-September, the tax office is moving downtown to the corner of Walnut Street and Third Street and becoming a one-stop shop.
"All 44 of us will be housed in this one building so it will increase customer service as far as we're concerned," he said.
There will be three drive-through lanes for customers to use.
Eventually, those who want to renew their motor tags will be able to use drive-through kiosks, which will be the first in the state.
Those kiosks are currently being tested by a company in Nevada, Tedders says.
Macon-Bibb's commission unanimously voted to spend $104,000 to outfit the space with new furniture and to move some old pieces.
"As a taxpayer, I don't want to spend any more than I have to," Tedders said. "But the level of service that will be provided to them and to outfit this office the way it needs to be outfitted, I think outweighs that expense."
He said the move to a new space has been a longtime vision, but he thought it'd never happen.
"It's always been talked about that the tax office would move out of the courthouse, and I'd always say in my however many years, now my 28th year, 'Not in my lifetime.'"
But now, it's happening.
That's not a good move for people like Marvin Jones, who's run a produce stand at the farmer's market for 20 years.
"We'll probably close up if they move out because there won't be as many people coming up in here," Jones said.
Others think two is always better than one.
"It's congestion always, and many times, I'm on the way to work. You're always delayed even with two offices, so combining it, i think they'll just add to that congestion," Jeffrey Butts said.
But to the chief of the tax office, it's an upgrade that will better serve county taxpayers.