Did you buy a home this year? Do you live in it? Have you filed your homestead? It used to be that you had to file between January 2nd and April 1st, but now you can file as soon as your deed is recorded, of course if you didn't live in the house on January 1st the exemptions will not take affect until the following year.
Then there is the flip side to that coin... if you purchased a home that was owner occupied with homestead and you are using it as a weekend/ vacation home then the tax bill will reflect the former owners homestead the first year you are billed, but then the taxes will go up when the exemption is removed for your ownership.
You can also loose your exemption if you change the deed in any way. If you get married and quit claim to a new spouse or get divorced and a spouse quit claims to you, the recording of that new deed can trigger the exemption to fall off. You MUST make sure by re-filing.
In Putnam County there are additional exemptions which must be filed for with proof including Seniors over age of 70, 100% disabled veterans, surviving un-remarried spouses of 100% disabled veterans and surviving spouses of peace officers or fire fighters killed in the line of duty.
In Putnam County if you have agricultural lands you may want to check out the tax benefits of conservative use for a period of ten years. But be careful, there are steep consequences if this use changes during that period.
You can read more specific information about these exemptions on the Tax Assessors website here in Putnam County. Or contact them at their office:
100 S. Jefferson Avenue
Eatonton, GA. 31024