Finance Department

The Finance Department provides a wide range of comprehensive support services which include:  accounting, financial administration and reporting, budgeting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, procurement, debt management, local tax collection, compliance and audit.

The main funds managed for the city include the general fund and our enterprise fund for utilities which include water and sewerage, electric, and sanitation.

Federal and state grants received by the city, such as those for transportation, public safety and capital expenditures, are administered and monitored by the Finance Department. The Finance Department is also responsible for generating property tax bills and collecting annual business occupation tax for local businesses as well as issuing and administering alcohol licenses.

The Finance Department is comprised of three full time employees.


When are tax bills mailed and when are they due?

City of Fairburn property tax bills are mailed at the end of October of each year.  Payment must be received on or before the due date of December 15 to avoid penalty and interest.  Payments can be made in person or mailed to Fairburn City Hall, 56 Malone Street, Fairburn, GA 30213.

Where are tax bills mailed?

City of Fairburn tax bills are sent to the mailing address of the current owner as provided to us by the Fulton County Tax Assessors Office.  Property tax records also reflect the owner of record, determined by ownership as of January 1 of the specified year.  We attempt to send a copy of the tax bill to this address also.  If you purchase property between January 1 and October 1 please contact our office at 770-964-2244, ext. 115 or email to notify us of the change.

How can I change the mailing address on my City of Fairburn property tax bill for future years? 

Property tax records are maintained by the Fulton County Tax Assessor’s Office.  To permanently change your mailing address you must submit a written request to the Board of Tax Assessors.  This may be done by mail, fax, or in person.  The fax number is 404-893-6626.  The mailing address is 235 Peachtree Street, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30303.  You may also visit one of the following convenient locations:

South Service Center
5600 Stonewall Tell Road
College Park, GA 30349

North Service Center
7741 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30350

Alpharetta Service Center
3155 Royal Drive, Suite 175
Alpharetta, GA 30022

What if my property is under appeal?

If your property presently is under appeal you will receive a temporary tax bill with a value set at the higher of the taxpayer return value or 85% of the proposed value set by the Board of Tax Assessors. This bill must be paid by the due date in order to avoid interest, penalty, collection fees,  and tax lien.  A refund or an adjusted bill will be provided after the appeal is settled.

What additional fees are charged due to non-payment or late payment?

All taxes remaining unpaid after the due date of December 15 are considered delinquent and are subject to interest charges.  A ten percent (10%) tax penalty accrues ninety (90) days after the due date.  Additional fees and cost accrue as collection actions are taken.

1% interest is added on January 1 and each month thereafter until paid.

A 10% penalty is added on March 16 which is 90 days after the due date of December 15.

Collections fees are charged as they are incurred.

Tax liens are sold on the first Tuesday in September of each year. The location of the sale is the Council Chambers in the Fairburn City Hall.

What is this year’s millage rate?

The 2015 millage rate is 9.73 mills, and is comprised of 8.1 mills for M&O and 1.63 mills for G.O. Bonds.

Tax Sales Dates: Tax sales will take place the first Tuesday in September. Location: Fairburn City Hall

Tax Bills

All 2015 Property Tax Bills (full version, alphabetical order, due December 15, 2015)

All 2015 Property Tax Bills (short version, parcel ID order, due December 15, 2015)

Unpaid 2015 and Earlier Property Tax Bills (short version, 1999-2015)

Questions regarding Payment of City Taxes, Homestead Exemptions or requests for a copy of a Tax Bill should be directed to:

Melody Barnes

Property Tax/Accounts Payable Manager
City of Fairburn Tax Office
770-964-2244., Ext. 115
Click here to send an email

Homestead Exemptions

You may qualify for a homestead exemption from City of Fairburn Property Tax. Should you qualify, the taxable value of your property will be reduced by $10,000.
To quality you must:

  1. Be 65 or older by April 1st of the year in which the exemption would apply.
  2. Live in the home (primary residence)
  3. Meet the income requirements (no more than $15,800 over Social security if single; $31,600 if married)

Present Federal Income Tax return as proof of income.
To request an application or for more information, contact City Hall at 770-964-2244.

Business Licenses

Occupation Licenses due by March 1 annually.

Alcohol Licenses due by November 1 annually.

Annual Budget and Financial Reports

Annual Budget

Approved Budget for Fiscal Year 2015-2016

Approved Budget for Fiscal Year 2014-2015

Comprehensive Annual Report (CAFR)

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2014

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2013

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report 2012

Click this link for information on prior years