Hall County isn’t the only one closing satellite tag offices.
Dawson County Tax Commissioner Linda Townley said Monday that budgetary constraints have forced her to close the Dawson’s satellite tag and tax office effective Sept. 30.
The office located on Liberty Drive off Ga. Highway 53 near Dawson Forest Road opened in January to serve county residents living along the busy Ga. 400 corridor.
“It was an experiment. We didn’t know how much traffic we’d get at the office,” Townley said. “We thought it was a good thing, but they (residents) didn’t use it.”
Operational costs also played a role in Townley’s decision to close the doors.
“It was expensive to keep open with the power, the phones, the copiers. I just couldn’t justify keeping it open,” she said. “It didn’t pay for itself.”
Townley had one employee working from the satellite office Monday through Friday, who will now transfer back to the main office on Howard Drive in downtown Dawsonville.
The main office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.