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Notice of Property Tax Increase

The Chatham County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 1.59 percent in General Maintenance and Operations taxes, an increase in property taxes by 1.47 percent in Special Service District taxes and 1.32 percent in Chatham Area Transit Authority taxes.

All concerned citizens are invited to the two public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Commission Meeting Room on the second floor of the Old Courthouse, 124 Bull Street, Savannah, Georgia, on June 16, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

Message from County Manager Lee Smith  
Welcome to Chatham County's home page. Our web site is an opportunity for citizens living in our county and around the world to read the latest news about Chatham County, Georgia, and its government. Our web site offers information about our history, mission, services and job opportunities and it will continue to grow, so I invite you to return often.  Chatham County and all of its municipalities including Savannah offer a rich history, a great way of life, and remain one of the nation’s favorite tourist destinations.

Chatham County is balancing the challenges of population growth and demands for services such as health services, public safety, etc., with careful allocation of revenues to meet public service needs. The county does so on an annual basis; however, we are shifting our focus to planning beyond 20 years.  At the request of the County Commissioners, we have begun the development of a 20 Year Strategic plan to cover all aspects of our community to better serve the needs of our citizens for many years to come.

A major administrative initiative is the Managing for Results and Zero Based Budgeting.  This requires measurable outcomes for every major function of the county. This includes a spectrum of efficiency measures, customer satisfaction surveys, benchmarks, use of best practices, emphasis on continuous innovation while developing a “justified needs based” budget.  Bottom line, we believe in excellence.  Our definition of excellence is delivering full value to the taxpayer and citizen for every dollar spent.

Lastly, Chatham County endorses the “TEAM” concept within our organization and encourages you as citizens and businesses to participate with “TEAM CHATHAM” to produce a beautiful, self-sustaining community today and in the future!

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