Frequently asked questions from City of Americus

If my payment is delayed, what is the normal procedure for disconnecting my utility services in Americus, GA?

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There are usually two billing cycles in the City of Americus, Georgia. 

  • Cut off date for the 30th billing cycle will be the second Tuesday of the month. 
  • Cut off date for the 15th billing cycle will be the fourth Tuesday of the month. 

Occasionally, it may be postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. (example: weather, billing problems, etc.) 

What is the late fees or penalties to utility bills in Americus, Georgia?

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There is a 5% penalty is added to past due balances six (6) days after the due date listed on the utility bill in Americus. 

My utilities were disconnected for non-payment. When and what time will my services be restored?

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Payment of the past due balance plus reconnect fees must be made in person at the City of Americus Utility office located at 1401 East Forsyth Street.

If payment is received by 3:00 p.m., services can be reinstated the same day. Payments after 3:00 p.m. are not guaranteed the same day service. 

What property is taxed in Sumter County, Georgia?

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All real estate and personal property are taxable unless law has exempted the property. Real property is land and generally anything that is erected, growing or affixed to the land; personal property is everything that can be owned that is not real estate. Personal property typically consists of inventory and fixtures used in conducting business, boats, aircraft, farm machinery, motor vehicles and mobile homes. Your household property is not normally taxable.

When are Property tax bills due in Sumter County, Georgia?

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Taxes for real estate and business personal property are normally due in Sumter County by December 1 of each year. Mobile/modular homes are due May 1 of each year and motor vehicles are due based on the owners' birthday.

What is the penalty for late payment of property tax bill in Sumter County, Georgia?

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For real estate and business personal property, interest at the rate of 1% per month is charged for late payment in Sumter County. Additionally, a penalty of 10% will apply to all taxes that are not paid within 90 days of the deadline, however, homesteaded property with a tax liability of less than $500 does not receive the 90-day penalty.

If the property taxes remain unpaid, the Sumter County tax commissioner has the right and responsibility to levy on the property for non-payment. 

Do I pay taxes on my mobile/modular home in Sumter County, Georgia?

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Yes. Mobile/modular homes are considered personal property and are taxable in the State of Georgia. Tax must be paid annually with a due date of May 1.

The owner of any mobile/modular home located in Sumter County must file a return and obtain a location permit. In order to obtain this permit the mobile home tax for the current year must be paid in full.

Is there anyway to reduce my Sumter County (GA) property tax bill?

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Yes, there are several exemptions and special assessment programs available that may apply to your property. The most common are the homestead exemption for real estate and for business personal property, there is the freeport exemption.

Please contact the Sumter County Tax Assessor’s Office for details of the available exemptions.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Who should healthcare providers contact to report a patient infected with COVID-19?

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Healthcare providers who suspect COVID-19 infection in a patient should report them immediately to DPH by calling 1-866-PUB-HLTH (1-866-782-4584) and ask for a Medical Epidemiologist.

What information should I have to file a claim in the State of Georgia?

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To file an unemployment insurance claim in the State of Georgia, you should have:

ALL INDIVIDUALS: A copy of your valid government-issued picture identification and Employer Separation Notice, if you were given one. 

PRIOR MILITARY PERSONNEL: At least one of the following: most recent DD-214 Member 4, “orders to report”, “orders of release”, military earnings and leave statement, and/or W-2 form(s) from your most recent military service. 

PRIOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Standard Form 50, Standard Form 8, W-2 form, or pay stubs (if you worked for the federal government at any time during the last 18 months). 

UNION MEMBERS: Union card (if you are a member of a union that assists you in finding employment). 

DISASTER AFFECTED INDIVIDUALS: A copy of your most recently completed income tax return or quarterly estimated income tax payment record(s), if applying for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) and you are self-employed or a farmer. 

NON-CITIZENS: A copy of the front and back of your Employment Authorization Document.

How do I qualify for unemployment insurance benefits in Georgia?

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There are several qualification requirements for UI claims in Georgia, but these three are critical:

  • You must have earned enough money in the base period to set up a claim.
  • You must be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • You must be able to work, be available for work, and be actively seeking work each week you claim benefits.

How long must I have worked to establish a claim in Georgia?

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Your claim is based on insured wages earned in the base period, which is the first four of the last five calendar quarters completed at the time you file your claim. You must have earned qualifying wages in at least two of the four quarters in the base period. The total wages in the base period must equal or exceed one and one-half times the wages in the highest quarter. A secondary calculation will be made when the sole reason that a claim cannot be established is the one and one-half times requirement. An alternative base period consisting of the most recently completed four calendar quarters will be used only when a claim cannot be established using the regular base period.

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How to Renew Vehicle Registration Online in the City of Americus?

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How to Check Voter Registration Online in the City of Americus?

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How to Corona COVID-19 Response Online in the City of Americus?

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