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  • How often are properties reassessed?

  • How is fair market value determined?

  • How are real estate taxes calculated?

  • Can I obtain flood insurance if I am not in a flood zone ?

  • How can I protect myself and my property from flood hazards?

  • Is my property located in a flood zone?

  • Do I need a permit to clear and stump trees on my property?

  • What types of services does the Department of Family & Children Services (DFACS) provide?

  • How do I contact the Department of Family & Children Services (DFACS) for Columbia County?

  • What is my voting precinct?

  • Who are my State and U.S. House & Senate representatives?

  • Who is my Board of Education Representative?

  • When am I allowed to water my yard?

  • How may I obtain a sanitary sewer flow test?

  • How may I obtain a 24-hour water flow test?

  • Are there any future plans for water and/or sewer to be extended to my area?

  • What is the source of our drinking water?

  • Is our water safe to drink?

  • Why are there lines painted in my yard?

  • How do I have an address assigned?

  • If a road is assigned a name, does that mean the County is responsible for maintaining it?

  • Can I buy reflective address numbers from the County?

  • Where can I find a copy of the zoning ordinance?

  • How can I verify the zoning and permitted uses on my property?

  • Can I put a mobile home on my property?

  • Can I have chickens on my property?

  • What are my setbacks?

  • What can I do with my property as it is currently zoned?

  • How do I obtain a burn permit?

  • How often are dirt roads scraped?

  • How do I find out if my road is on the list of roads to be paved?

  • How do I get a "Children at Play" sign in my neighborhood?

  • How can I report a complaint of animal abuse?

  • What can I bring to a concert?

  • What are the requirements for posting address numbers for a duplex or other multi-family residence?

  • Why is my address being changed?

  • Who does the County notify when they change my address?

  • How can I make sure 911 has the correct address tied to my home phone number?

  • How is an address determined?

  • What is the address numbering system?

  • How is my address affected if I have multiple structures on my property?

  • What happens with addressing if a road crosses a County or city boundary?

  • What are the requirements for posting address numbers for a single family residence?

  • How should I post my address number if I live on a private drive?

  • Is it possible to have more than one address number assigned or displayed?

  • How do you decide if a roadway needs to be named?

  • How do you decide what name to give a roadway?

  • Can I start or disconnect my water service over the phone?

  • Will additions or renovations increase the value of my property?

  • What department is in charge of spraying for mosquitoes?

  • Who is responsible for the mowing of right-of-way in the County?

  • Our street light is out or is obstructed by tree limbs. Who do I call?

  • A tree fell across the stream behind my house. The stream also has a lot of trash and weeds in it and needs to be cleaned out. Who is in charge?