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Offices moving into new county annex
New facility nearing completion
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The finishing touches are being made to the new Bulloch County Annex, and several county offices expect to move in soon.

Friday, the Bulloch County Tax Commissioner’s and Tax Assessor’s offices will be closed as they each make the move into the new building, said Bulloch County Tax Commissioner James Deal.

The move is expected to be swift and both offices are expected to reopen in the new building Monday.

Bulloch County Manager Tom Couch said Tuesday Deal’s offices will be on the south side of the building while tax assessor John Scott’s offices will be on the north side.

Bulloch County Elections Supervisor Pat Lanier Jones’ offices will be found In the middle of the building. The Bulloch County Voter Registration and Board of Elections offices will start relocating Monday, he said.

Other offices will “flex out” and expand spaces in the older section of the annex, with the Planning and Zoning and Building Inspections offices moving into the old tax commissioner’s office after slight modifications, Couch said. The Human Resources offices will move across the hall in the old building, and commissioner’s offices (one for the commission chairman and two other offices to be shared) will be expanded.

Minor refurbishments including new paint and carpet will come first, and all offices should be moved and adjusted within a month, he said.

Parking will be at the rear of the building on Walnut Street.

Plans are still to be made regarding final moves, and an “open house” and ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the new annex building should be announced in a few weeks, he said.

Bulloch County Commission meetings will still be held in the older portion of the annex, Couch said.

The new offices will offer citizens a more roomy, relaxed, pleasant place within which to conduct business, he said. “It will be more comfortable and accommodating,” with an area where people can sit and visit or rest. Possibly calming tired, cranky children, he said.

The long lines spilling into the hallways outside the tax commissioner’s office will hopefully be a thing of the past. There may still be lines during busy days, but serving customers is expected to be quicker and more pleasant with more room, he said.

Early voting at the Board of Elections officers should be less cramped as well, he said. “We’re kind of flexing everybody out.”

 

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

 

Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

 

 

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