DAWSON COUNTY, Ga. — In responding to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Dawson County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution at Thursday’s meeting declaring that an emergency exists “that affects life, health, property and public peace.”
The resolution declares:
- All matters requiring a public hearing are stayed for 60 days from the date of the resolution.
- Any existing regulatory permits in effect that require a public hearing prior to renewal or extension that will lapse in the absence of such renewal or extension shall be extended.
- County zoning and administrative agencies will suspend business for 60 days.
- A 60-day moratorium on public events and/or gatherings. No permit applications will be accepted during the moratorium.
- The Board of Commissioners shall continue to operate and assemble public meetings. All policy-making functions will be suspended with the exception of decisions related to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and related to public health and safety issues for 60-days. Citizens are encouraged to view the meetings via online streaming. Those who do attend meetings will be requested to observe social distancing protocol.
- Contracting, budgeting and fiscal operations shall continue.
County officials had already taken significant steps to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. The following is a list of closings and cancellations enacted thus far:
(NOTE: The first confirmed case of novel coronavirus was reported in Dawson County Friday, Mar. 20.)
- All programs of the Dawson County Parks and Recreation Department temporally suspended until March 30, 2020. But the parks maintain regular hours so citizens can enjoy outdoor activities.
- Both gyms at Rock Creek Park in addition to the gym at Veterans Memorial Park closed until Mar 20.
- Senior Services and Dawson Transit have closed all services and programs, with the exception of Meals on Wheels, until further notice. Call the Senior Center with any questions (706) 344-3700.
- Dawson County Planning & Development asks citizens to call the office at (706) 344-3501 prior to visiting.
- Dawson County Elections & Voter Registration: Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has moved the Presidential Preference Primary from March 24, 2020 to coincide with the State Primary scheduled for May 19, 2020. There will be no more in-person voting until in-person voting begins for the May 19, 2020 state primary in April. Please contact the Elections & Voter Registration Office with any questions at (706) 344-3640.
- Dawson County School System Board of Education: For the most up-to-date information please visit their website or call 706-265-3246.
- The Chestatee Regional Library System Board voted to close all branches of the library system to the public until March 30. The Board is scheduled to meet again on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 to reevaluate this decision and decide to reopen or remain closed past March 30. For questions, call (706) 344-3690 or email at Dawson@chestateelibrary.org.
- Tax Commissioners Office: Taxpayers are encouraged to conduct their business through online services. The office offers a number of motor vehicle and tax related services online, without the need of in-person interactions. Drop-Box: Renewals and property tax payments can also be placed in the drop-box by 4 p.m. for same-day processing. Online Services:
Motor Vehicle: For renewals, canceling registration, printing registrations, calculating TAVT etc. Our e-services portal is https://eservices.drives.ga.gov. Property: You can look up past payments, email or print receipts, pay current bills online, and etc. These transactions can be completed online at www.dawsoncountytax.com. MVD Self-Service Kiosk: Multiple motor vehicle transactions can be done on the kiosk including renewals that will print a decal immediately. Here is a list of all the Kiosk locations, https://dor.georgia.gov/mvd-self-service-tag-kiosk. If you have questions, call (706) 344-3520 or visit www.dawsoncountytax.com.
Tax Assessors Office: The office is closed until further notice but staff will maintain regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Call (706) 344-3590 with any questions regarding completion of forms or deadlines; or Visit www.DawsonCounty.org and go to the Tax Assessor department for more information.