Welcome to Lamar County!



Welcome to Lamar County, Georgia, a place of growth and development filled with tradition and small town values. Lamar County, with rolling landscapes and pecan and peach groves, is a fantastic place to raise your family, start your business, or establish an industry.

Located in west central Georgia, just south of Atlanta and north of Macon along several major highways, Lamar County is a short commute for residents working in these areas or businesses transporting goods throughout the southeast.

Lamar County was founded on November 2, 1921 and was named after Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, who served multiple terms as a United States Congressman, became a U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Interior under President Grover Cleveland and associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The county seat, Barnesville, was well known as the “Buggy Capital of the South” in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Barnesville had four buggy companies; most notably, the J.G. Smith and Sons Genuine Barnesville Buggies Factory. Since its beginnings over 25 years ago, the “Barnesville Buggy Days” festival has grown to become one of Georgia’s largest community festivals. Held annually the third weekend in September, the festival attracts more than 50,000 people and features crafts and a parade displaying original Barnesville Buggies.

Lamar County Notifications

Board of Commissioner Nancy Thrash had breakfast at the White House while attending the Economic Development Conference for the National Association of Counties (NACO). Commissioner Thrash currently serves as a Board Member on the NACO Board representing the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia ( ACCG).
Commissioner Nancy Thrash honored as The 2017 Legislative Advocate of the Year…..
PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCING A PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX INCREASE The Lamar County Board of Commissioners today announces its intention to increase the 2017 property taxes it will levy this year by 9.66 percent over the rollback millage rate. Each year, the board of tax assessors is required to review the Assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county. When the trend indicates there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment. This is called a reassessment.   When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that the rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current years’ digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.   The budget tentatively adopted by the Lamar County Board of Commissioners requires a millage rate higher than the rollback rate, therefore, before the Lamar County Board of Commissioners finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.   All concerned citizens are invited to public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Commissioners meeting room at 326 Thomaston Street, Barnesville, Georgia on August 8th, 2017 at 9 AM and 6 PM. An additional public hearing on this tax increase will be held on August 15th, at 6:00 PM. at 326 Thomaston Street, Barnesville, Georgia.
Final Legislative Update Click Here to review the updates…. 2017 Final Legislative Update

LAMAR COUNTY GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES

Click here to review the Lamar County Expenditures…..
2018 Expenditures

LAMAR COUNTY GENERAL FUND REVENUE

Click here to review the Lamar County Revenue…….. Revenue 2018
There will be a Public Hearing on August 15th at 6:00 P.M. to discuss the increase in the Tax Millage Rate. There will be a Regular Business meeting on August 15th at 7:00 p.m. or immediately following the Public Hearing. Click on the link to review each Agenda. Public Hearing August 15th, 2017 August 15th, 2017