We are located at the Telecom Administration Building, 230
N. McIntosh Street, Elberton, Georgia. Our phone number is
706-213-3100 or fax 706-213-3125. Our Finance Director is
Lynn Saxon you can contact her at
The Finance Department, among other
duties, collects revenues and pays bills for the City of
Elberton, including payroll for more than 150 employees.
Payments, made in person, may be made by Visa/MasterCard
credit or automatic bank draft from any bank location. The
City will accept credit card payments by phone for
electricity, water, sewer, gas, solid waste, internet,
and/or any miscellaneous payment. For our customer's
convenience, the City of Elberton provides a "one
page" billing for all services provided by the City
The Finance Office is completely
computerized, utilizing state of the art hardware and
OCCUPATIONAL (BUSINESS) LICENSE
The City of Elberton welcomes new
business and urges them to use the following procedures
for obtaining an Occupational (Business) License. Prior to
applying for the license, the applicant should have the
1. The exact address of the business
(including suite# or apt#) and the location's zoning.
Please contact the City's Planning and Zoning Department
for determination of zoning.
2. If the business requires new
construction, renovation, or sign permits, please contact
the City's Building Department for the appropriate code
requirements and necessary permits.
3. A completed application is then
submitted to the Finance Department.
Prior to issuance of the Occupational
License, the following must be complied with:
A. If state licenses are required,
copies of those licenses showing dates of expiration must
B. If building construction is needed,
a certificate of occupancy must be on file.
C. If a business is incorporated, a
certificate of good standing or if a now-Georgia
corporation corporation, a certificate of authority. Both
certificates can be obtained from the Georgia Secretary of
D. If the business is a partnership,
the full name and address of all partners must be filed.
E. All fees must be paid in full.
Occupational taxes are based on a tax
rate according to type of business (SIC Code) multiplied
by annual gross receipts (estimated for new businesses).
The Finance Department organizes and
coordinates the budget process, produces a budget for the
City Manager, and provides information to the Council
during the adoption process. The Council has final
authority for adopting the Annual Budget as well as
establishing the ad valorem property tax levy. Currently,
Elberton establishes a tax rate, rolls back the rate in
accordance with state law procedures for utilization of
the Local Option Sales Tax, and in reality does not levy a
property tax. The General Fund operations are primarily
funded through Local Option Sales Tax, Fines and Forfeits,
charges for services, and utility fund subsidies.