New tax, tag office to open

New tax, tag office to open

July 10th, 2013 by Rachel Sauls-Wright in Local Regional News

Walker County Deputy Tax Commissioner Carolyn Walker hopes her staff will be at home in a new office this week.

After the old tax and tag office building was condemned due to structural problems and mold issues, she said the county purchased a modular unit that had been used as a bank in Alabama. That building is currently in the process of being transported and installed at the local tax and tag office's former location at 2012 McFarland Gap Road.

"Instead of being out of business several months, we're only out of business for a couple of weeks," said Walker.

In addition to having a newer, nicer facility, she said she thinks the new building will also be much more convenient for people coming to the office to renew car tags, pay property taxes or make changes to their car titles. The new building will have an operational drive-thru for simple procedures like tag renewals or property tax payments, she said.

"We're trying to make this office as user-friendly as possible so it's a one-stop trip," said Walker.

A night drop box will also be available, and the lobby of the new building is approximately three times bigger than the previous office's.

"I think people will appreciate the fact they're not standing on top of each other while waiting in line," said Walker.

"I also think people will feel comfortable not feeling like they'll fall through the floor."