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Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How is my property value determined?
  Answer - The basic formula to figure the tax on a home using the State's standard $2,000 homestead exemption is:     [(assessed value) - $2,000] * millage rate = tax due

Example: Fair market value means "the amount a knowledgeable buyer would pay for the property and a willing seller would accept for the property at an arm's length, bona fide sale." Assessed value is 40% of the fair market value. If a person that owned a home with a fair market value of $100,000 in an unincorporated area of a county where the millage rate was 25.00 mills, that person's property tax would be $950.00--[(100,000 * 40%) - $2,000] * .02500 = $950.00. Multiply $100,000 by 40% which is equal to the assessed value of $40,000 and subtract the homestead exemption of $2,000 from the assessed value. Then multiply $38,000 by the millage rate of .02500 which is equal to $950.00. Many counties offer more beneficial homestead exemptions than the standard homestead exemptions offered by the state. 
Question: What property exemptions are available?

Answer -  Click here for exemption information

Question: How can I appeal my assessment?
  Answer - Click here for exemption information
Question: Who are the county tax officials in Muscogee County and how do I contact them?
  • Tax Commissioner: Lula L. Huff, PO Box 1441, Columbus, Georgia 31902-1441, (706)653-4208
  • Clerk of Court: Linda Pierce, Muscogee County Clerk of Court PO Box 2145, Columbus, Georgia 31994-2145, (706)653-4351
  • Chairman Commission: Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor/Chair PO Box 1340, Columbus, Georgia 31902-1340, (706)653-4712
  • Chief Appraiser: Betty Middleton, PO Box 1340, Columbus, Georgia 31902-1340
  • Board of Assessors Chairman: Chester Randolph, PO Box 1340, Columbus, Georgia, 31902-1340, (706)653-4398
Question: How is Fair Market Value Determined?
  Answer - http://www.columbusga.org/TaxAssessors/pdfs/methodology.pdf