Appointment of Muscogee County Board of Equalization In accordance with Georgia laws (O.C.G.A §45-5-311), the Muscogee County Grand Jury is required to appoint a member and alternate member of the Muscogee County Board of Equalization each fall during the September term of the Superior Court of Muscogee County. Any person having the following qualifications and an interest in serving on the board may nominate himself or herself for appointment by submitting a nomination form as indicated below: Qualification (1) Each person who is, in the judgment of the appointing grand jury, qualified and competent to serve as a grand juror, who is the owner of real property, and who is at least a high school graduate shall be qualified, competent, and compellable to serve as a member or alternate member of the board. No member of the governing authority of a county, municipality, or consolidated government; member of a county or independent board of education; member of the county board of tax assessors; employee of the county board of tax assessors, or county tax appraiser shall be competent to serve as a member or alternate member of the board of equalization. (2) Within the first year after a member's initial appointment to the board of equalization, each member shall satisfactorily complete not less than 40 hours of instruction in appraisal and equalization processes and procedures, as prepared and required by the commissioner. The failure of any member to fulfill the requirements of this subparagraph shall render that member ineligible to serve on the board; and the vacancy created thereby shall be filled in the same manner as other vacancies on the board are filled. (3) No person shall be eligible to hear an appeal as a member of a board of equalization unless, prior to hearing such appeal, that person shall satisfactorily complete the 40 hour of instruction in appraisal and equalization processes and procedures required by law. Any person appointed to such board shall be required to complete annually a continuing education requirement of at least eight hours of instruction in appraisal and equalization procedures, as prepared and required by the commissioner. The failure of any member to fulfill the requirements of this subparagraph shall render that member ineligible to serve on the board; and the vacancy created thereby shall be filled in the same manner as other vacancies on the board are filled. Term of Office Members and alternate members of the Board of Equalization serve a three-year term of office. The term of office described herein shall begin on January 1 and end on December 31 of the third year. Nomination Form Please complete the following form and mail or email it to: Board of Equalization Post Office Box 2145 Columbus, GA 31902-2145 styner@columbusga.org In accordance with O.C.G.A. 15-19-51, the Clerk’s Office is strictly prohibited from providing any legal advice. To ensure that all procedures are followed and the rights of all parties are protected, it is advised to seek legal counsel from a licensed attorney. Office Information Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST Phone: (706) 225-4350 Fax: (706) 653-4287 For more information please click here.