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 A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - January 2013


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In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Special Election Held (SPLOST & Probate Judge)
Swearing In & Reorganization of Commissioners
Motor Vehicle Tax Reform
GA County of Excellence Award
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest -Winners Announced
STAR of HOPE - Supporting Local Families during the Holiday Season
St. Jude's Ranch-Recycled Card Program



 WorkReady Community
GA Camera Ready
 Storm Ready
 Code RED
 2012 Photo Contest 
February 12th

Regular BOCC Meeting



County Offices will be closed Monday, February 18, 2012 in observance of  President's Day holiday.


February 26th

Regular BOCC Meeting


March 12th

Regular BOCC Meeting



County Offices will be closed

Friday, March 29, 2013 in observance of Good Friday

Government Services Complex
 200 East 4th Street
Woodbine, GA 31569
"Great Customer Service is the Cornerstone of Every Successful Organization!"
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Please click on the link below to complete Camden County's customer service survey.
Free Prescription Discount Cards Available to Camden County Residents

Discount Rx Card

Click on the image above to view more information about this service.

Camden County Fire Rescue Seeking Volunteers

Camden County Fire Rescue is recruiting volunteer firefighters to be a part of the department. The volunteer firefighter program will be used to augment existing peronnel to meet the needs of the community now and in the future.


Visit the program website for the most current information.


Contact Fire Rescue Headquarters at (912) 729-3911 for questions about this program.

A Message from the County Administrator
Steve L. Howard, County Administrator
On January 22nd the Board of Commissioners received a presentation from our Independent Auditor for the audit that was conducted for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.  The County received an excellent audit report and I commend the work of our Finance Department on this achievement. 
The County's five-year strategic plan came to a close on December 31, 2012 and accomplished five ambitious years of success.  I look forward to holding a goal-setting retreat with the Board of Commissioners in late February to set new goals and priorities that will set a new course for the future of Camden County. 
During 2013 we will be faced with extraordinary challenges and opportunities but with continued planning the County is poised to meet tomorrow's challenges today.  
Wishing you and your family a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Yours for a better Camden,

Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator

Special Election
to be Held for
Probate Court Judge
(Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax)


The Camden County Board of Commissioners requested that the Judge of the Probate Court serving as the Camden County Elections Superintendent call a Special Election to be held on March 19, 2013 for the election of a qualified citizen of Camden County to be sworn in as Judge of the Probate of Camden County.


The Camden County Board of Commissioners also requested that on March 19, 2013, an election is to be held at the regular polling places in all election districts of Camden County, Georgia ("the County"), at which time there will be submitted to the qualified voters of the county for their determination the question of whether a one percent county special purpose local option sales and use tax ("the SPLOST") shall be imposed on all sales and uses in the special tax district created in the County for a period of 6 years for the raising of approximately $65,000,000.00 for the purpose of funding capital outlay projects for County and Public Service Authority Projects and for the funding of the City of Kingsland; City of St. Marys and City of Woodbine Projects.

Swearing in & Reorganization of Camden County Commissioners 2013

With the New Year we welcome changes to our Board of County Commissioners.  on January 8th a special meeting was held to Swear in and Reorganzie the Board.  Judge Martin Gillette administered.  Willis R. Keene, Jr., District 1 was elected Chair, Jimmy Starline, District 3 was elected as Vice-Chair and Tony Sheppard replaces David L. Rainer for District 5. 


We look forward to a successful year with the Board.

Motor Vehicle Tax Reform - Transition from the Current Ad Valorem Tax to the New Title Ad Valorem Tax
The system for taxing motor vehicles will change on March 1, 2013 as a result of tax reform legislation (HB 386) passed by the General Assembly last year. 
State and local sales tax will no longer apply to the purchase of a motor vehicle (except for the 1% transportation tax on the first $5,000 of any vehicle sale in regions that have this tax). All vehicles purchased or transferred into ownership after this date    

also will no longer be subject to the annual ad valorem tax. Instead, these vehicles will be subject to a new, one-time state and local title ad valorem tax (TAVT) that is paid at the time

owner registers the vehicle and applies for the title with the county.


The new system for taxing vehicles only applies when the ownership of the vehicle is transferred through a title exchange. All other vehicle owners will continue to operate under the

current system and pay the annual ad valorem taxes until they no longer hold title to the vehicle.


"This is a major change in the way taxes are paid on motor vehicles. People need to fully understand that the cost to title a vehicle is going to be higher than what they may have previously experienced," said ACCG Legislative Director Clint Mueller. "The tradeoff is that they will not have to pay a sales tax if they have traditionally purchased a vehicle through a dealership and they will not have the annual ad valorem tax to pay every year." 


The title ad valorem tax is collected by the county tax commissioner before a new title is issued and the vehicle is registered. The new title ad valorem tax is calculated at a rate of 6.5% of the vehicle's value, not the sales price, as defined by the Department of Revenue's motor vehicle ad valorem assessment manual. When there is no value available in the assessment manual, the bill of sale or a reputable used car market guide determines the value. The trade-in value of another motor vehicle will be deducted from the value to get the taxable value.


The Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) provides answers to additional questions on the title ad valorem tax on its website:  

In addition, DOR  has developed a calculator to estimate the amount of title ad valorem tax due on a vehicle which is available here:

8th Annual Georgia County Excellence Award

Camden County is being honored for being one of the six Georgia County 2013 Award recipients for the Camden County Health Care Reform-Achieving Success Project.
Camden County will be featured in the March issue of Georgia Trend Magazine.
"Showcase Camden County" Photo Contest - 2012 - Winners!

 Congratulations to The 2012 "Showcase Camden County" photo contest winners:


- Jeff Berg for winning   

  "Landscape" category and

  "Overall winner"


-  Melissa Carter for winning


   "Transportation" and

   "People/Events" categories. 


Fifty photo submissions were received for this year's contest!  All the photos may be seen on Camden County's Facebook page and will be displayed at the Camden County Government Services Complex in Woodbine. 
A special thank you to our judges who had a difficult time deciding.
STAR of HOPE - Supporting Local Families during the Holiday Season

STAR OF HOPE logoThe Sheriff's Office (CCSO) STAR of Hope program supports families in our community during the holiday season by providing for those in need. Fundraisers are held by County employees to raise money to support this great cause


Thanks to all who supported the Star of Hope Program this past year, they were able to provide the following:

  • 110 Children with clothes and presents.
  • 23 Families with dinner and food boxes
  • Raised $9,100 through donations and charity events throught out the community.
  • Several children were adopted through county employees and citizens of our community.

"Without the help from Camden Sheriffs office, Camden FIre Rescue, Hope Committee and the generosity of our local business and citizens this would not have been accomplished."   

 "Thank you," Lisa Boyett


For more information about this program, or to learn more about how you can contribute, please contact the Camden County Sheriff's Office at (912) 510-5100.

Recycled Card Program
January - February 2013 - The Camden County Public Library will be accepting "Holiday" & "All Occasion" and general greeting card fronts that will be mailed to the St. Jude's Ranch for the Children's recycled card program. 
Card Donating Tips:
- All types of greeting card, including Christmas are used.
- Only the card front can be used (please check to be sure the   
  back side is clear of any writing, etc.)
- We can not accept Hallmark, Disney or American Greeting
- 5" X 7" size or smaller is preferred.
- Currently they have an increased need for Birthday and Thank
  You cards. 
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One of our goals is to ensure we are providing the citizens of Camden County information and a better understanding of current issues involving Camden County Government. We hope you enjoyed reading the monthly Community Outreach newsletter and found it informative. We encourage and value your feedback and any input you may have to help us improve it in the future.  

By working together Camden County can continue to be "Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice."

Meet Your Commissioners

Commissioner Chip Keene, District 1
Chip Keene
District 1
Chuck Clark 2013
Chuck Clark
District 2
Commissioner Jimmy Starline, District 3
Jimmy Starline
District 3
Commissioner Gary Blount, District 4
Gary Blount
District 4
Tony Sheppard 
Tony Sheppard
District 5
Our Commitment to You!
Helping to make Camden County the best place to be by preserving and enhancing the history and quality of life while promoting smart growth and providing an efficient, effective and responsive government.
It is the mission of Camden County Government to provide responsive, innovative, and cost effective services, promote smart growth, effectively communicate with the community, improve infrastructure and technology, preserve the health, welfare, safety, and environment while maintaining the outstanding quality of life that makes our county a desirable place to live and work. 
The Board of County Commissioners and employees of Camden County are committed to the following values: Integrity, Respect, Service, Accountability, Teamwork, and Balance