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Due to the large number of applications we receive, we will respond directly to your application if it matches a current job posting and if you are selected to move forward in the recruitment process. For more information please email the HR department.
Your application materials are subject to a screening process conducted by Human Resources and / or the hiring department. Should you be chosen for an interview, you will be contacted directly. For more information please email the HR department.
Currently, we do not accept application via fax or email. You may deliver your application in person or mail it to our office. For more information please email the HR department.
Your application must be received in Human Resources by the closing date indicated for a position. For more information please email the HR department.
You will be contacted if you are selected for an interview. For more information please email the HR department.
To be considered for a position, you must complete a Newton County Employment Application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. A resume will be accepted only as a supplement to your application.
Only materials that identify a specific, currently vacant position by title will be accepted. Unsolicited resumes, or materials requesting general consideration for any position, will not be considered or retained. Applications previously submitted are not automatically matched with new vacant positions. Applicants must request consideration for each vacant position. For more information please email the HR department.
If you are applying for any position, with the exception of vacancies within the Sheriff's Office, you may email the HR department. If you are interested in a position with the Sheriff's Office, contact their Recruiting Division at 678-625-1436.
COVIF-19 is a coronavirus outbreak first identified in Wuhan China that was named COVID-19 by the Wolrd Health Organization on February 11, 2020.
There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
The CDC reports current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing.
The virus spreads person-to-person that can happen on a continuum.
Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
According to the CDC, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19.
People at higher risk may include:
Clean your hands often
Avoid close contact
Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation is made on a case by case basis and includes meeting all of the following requirements:
Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others.
Contact your healthcare provider right away and monitor your symptoms for fever, cough, shortness of breath.
The CDC recommends that not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19.
If you have symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, contact your healthcare provider.
Testing decisions are made at the discretion of state and local health departments and/or individual clinicians. Your healthcare provider will tell you if and how you should be tested.
There is no treatment at this time.
According to the CDC there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people from skin or fur of pets. There has been no reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19.
There should be surveying stakes or pins on you property, which will help locate your properties boundaries. Surveying pins are usually located at the corners of your property. In recent years, they typically are 1/2 inch diameter pipe, sometimes buried into the ground so you may not find them on the surface. Subdivision and / or individual property plats show the shape and dimensions of your lot and where the survey pins should be placed.
Most subdivision plats are available for review or purchase in the Department of Development Services in the Newton County Administration Building:1113 Usher StreetSuite 204Covington, Georgia 30014
Subdivision and / or individual property plats are available for review or purchase in the Clerk of Superior Courts office (Records and Deeds) located on the 3rd floor of the Newton County Judicial Center:1132 Usher Street3rd FloorCovington, Georgia 30014
After reviewing the following information if you still have questions, you may contact the Department of Development Services at 678-625-1659.
The County does not locate property boundaries in the field for residents. If you cannot locate the original survey pins, the only accurate way to find or replace them is to hire a land surveyor. Land surveyors are listed in the Yellow Pages or you may check with the Newton County Chamber of Commerce.
Remember, while fences, power poles and public walks may give you a general idea of where your property lines are, they are not always accurate indicators. But they are a good place to start looking for markers. Fences are sometimes located on property lines, but the previous owner may have erected the fence well inside the line. Also, lots are not always uniform in size, so it should not be assumed that your property lines will line up with the lot lines of your neighbors.
When buying a property, part of the process involves receiving survey information about the boundary lines of the property. However, over time, changes to the landscape often can present less clear visions of property lines. Properties that border park, conservation green space, transitional buffers or government lands can also present situations that are not correctly interpreted by landowners. Some landowners assume that since the adjacent parkland will not be developed, it is okay to extend fences, or erect sheds, on that land. This assumption could lead to serious consequences for landowners.
Examples of situations when it is important to know property line locations
An impact fee is a charge or assessment imposed for a proportionate share of the cost of capital improvements or facility expansion required by the new growth to maintain adequate service levels throughout the county. For more in depth information on impact fees visit the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Impact fees are to be paid in full at the time a building permit or business license is issued. For more in depth information on impact fees visit the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Impact fees are assessed based on the type of use and the size of the development. For more in depth information on impact fees visit the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
If a development does not fall within a specific category on a fee schedule, the Impact Fee Coordinator shall use the fee applicable to the closest type of use. If the Impact Fee Coordinator concludes that there is no closely related activity on the schedule, the Impact Fee Coordinator shall determine the fee by using traffic generation statistics (ITE Trip Generation). For more in depth information on impact fees visit the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
No. The replacement of a mobile home on a lot/site where one previously existed (legally) is not subject to impact fees even if the new mobile home is larger than the original one. For more in depth information on impact fees visit the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
The fees will be allotted to libraries, parks, and roads based on the impact fee schedule. Only money in the library account can be used on libraries, only money in the parks account can be used on parks, and only money in the roads account can be used on roads. For more in depth information on impact fees visit the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
When a new business moves into a location that was previously occupied by another business, the impact on the surrounding area may be affected. If a small restaurant moves into a building that was previously home to a gift shop the traffic will increase. This causes more growth and impact to the area than before. The new business would only be charged for change of impact. For more in depth information on impact fees visit the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Yes, Newton County government is open. However, most physical buildings are closed.
Buildings that are closed to the public are:
Buildings that are open to the public:
Currently, County offices are scheduled to open April 30. However, the situation remains fluid and County Officials are constantly monitoring things to see if the date needs to be extended.
Newton County is still doing all public safety services, including Sheriff’s Office and Fire Services. The County is also still maintaining essential transportation needs.
Full list of continued services
See this list of County phone numbers, emails and online resources
Yes. All County Department Heads and Officials are still working in the office daily, along with limited support staff. All other staff have been working from home to help social distancing measures since March 20.
You can read the Shelter In Place Ordinance here.
The Shelter in Place Ordinance went into effect on March 25 and is currently scheduled to end at 11:50 p.m. on April 7. However, the date remains subject to the situation and the order can be extended if needed.
In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, everyone should stay in place and practice social distancing. However, the ordinance allows people to leave their homes for essential activities defined as:
See more on Shelter in Place here
For the purposes of this Order, “Essential Businesses” means:
All other businesses are considered non-essential and shall remain closed to the public and shall remain open only for minimum basic operations
For the purposes of the order “minimum basic operations” means:
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office has been authorized to perform the duties of enforcing the Shelter in Place Ordinance. The Sheriff’s Office is encouraged to exercise its discretion to avoid making arrests for less serious criminal activity encountered in the course of enforcing the order.
The Sheriff’s Office can be reached at 678-625-1403 or www.newtonsheriffga.org.
The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) law was enacted in 1985 at the request of the ACCG. The SPLOST was conceived and enacted as a county tax for funding capital project
As a county tax, a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) can only be initiated by the board of commissioners and voted in by citizens.
Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) is a 1 percent tax on all sales and uses in Newton County. The SPLOST tax is not something paid for on your tax bill but at cash registers throughout the county.
The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) sales tax will be imposed for six years if the referendum passes.
The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) accrual period is typically 5 or 6 years during which the funds are accrued. Depending on the economy and urgency of need, some projects may be bonded in order to begin before all the money has accrued. The bond is then repaid with the SPLOST funds.
Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) pays for infrastructure and capital outlay projects.
Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) has paid for the following projects in Newton County:
No, the law sets forth the specific language to be used in seeking approval of the voters in a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum. It does not authorize any alternative ballot questions or form that would allow for a “pick and choose” ballot.
The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) law requires that the purpose or purposes for which the SPLOST revenues will be used be specified on the ballot. The degree of specificity required is not addressed in the law. However, the Attorney General of Georgia has concluded that:
There is no necessity that the description of the purpose or purposes for the tax be in exacting detail. Rather, the description and the purposes must be only so specific as to place the electorate on fair notice of the projects to which the tax will be devoted.
No. A separate Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for school construction is available to boards of education.
No. The gratuities clause of the Georgia Constitution bars local governments from using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) revenues or any other public funds to fund the capital outlay projects for non-public entities. This restriction applies to for-profit organizations as well as not-for-profit organizations, including charitable organizations.
Yes. Counties may issue debt or borrow form their general fund to get projects underway promptly.
Yes. Since project costs are estimates, each local government receiving Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) revenues may shift funds between their approved projects (as long as all projects are completed).
The approved projects could be scaled back, but not abandoned. A local government must make up any shortfall from their general fund or other funding sources.
No. The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that the governing authority is obliged to use proceeds from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for the projects approved in the SPLOST referendum.
Yes. Where a county and municipalities enter into an intergovernmental agreement, the agreement must specify a schedule for distributing the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) proceeds and the priority or order in which the projects are to be funded or partially funded. Time frames for individual projects should reflect the priority.
No. Any funds remaining after a municipality has completed all of its approved projects can become “excess proceeds”.
No. Excess proceeds may not be used to reduce existing debt of an authority, whether it is a development authority, water authority, housing authority or any other type of local authority.
No. Only the state revenue commissioner can terminate a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) and only in accordance with the time or revenue limites authorized by the SPLOST law.
There is nothing in the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) law that prevents conversion to a different use.
Yes. The law allows counties and municipalities to use Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) revenues to fund capital outlay projects supporting enterprise operations, such as water or sewer system improvements.
Yes. Several types of regional facilities may be financed through Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), including development authorities, regional jails, regional correctional institutions and other detention facilities, regional solid waste handling facilities and regional recovered material processing facilities. Where a proper intergovernmental agreement is entered into, SPLOST revenues may be used to finance a county’s portion of a project owned or operated by a regional authority.
Although counties cannot directly include a property tax rollback as an eligible expenditure on the referendum, counties can use Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds to pay for capital outlay projects that would otherwise be funded through property tax revenues. Also, if excess proceeds remain after SPLOST projects have been completed and there is no county debt, the excess proceeds must go to the general fund of the county to reduce county property taxes.
No. While Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) proceeds can be used to retire existing general obligation debt, the proceeds cannot be used to pay off existing revenue bonds. However, counties may issue revenue bonds after the referendum is approved to provide funds to get projects initiated before all revenues are collected.
No. Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds my only be used or capital outlay projects approved by the voters in a SPLOST referendum.
The county is responsible for estimating the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) revenues expected to be collected over the life of the SPLOST, as well as the costs of all projects to be financed. The county should also ensure that the sum of all projects costs, including those submitted by municipalities, equals the estimated revenues.
Governor Kemp’s Executive Order is effective starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020 through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020.
Critical Infrastructure means a business, establishments, corporations, non-profit corporations and organizations as defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as "essential critical infrastructure workforce," and those suppliers which provide essential goods and services for the critical infrastructure workforce as well as entities that provide legal services, home hospice and non-profit corporations or non=profit organizations that offer food distribution or other health or mental health services.
All residents and visitors of Georgia are required to shelter in place in their residences from 6 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020, to 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020. Shelter in Place means remaining in their residences and taking every possible precaution to limit social interaction to prevent the spread or infection of COVID-19.
Yes. A resident and visitor of Georgia is not required to shelter in place if they are:
Essential Services means obtaining necessary supplies and services for your household, engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of your household and engaging in outdoor exercise activities so long as you have at least six feet between people who do not live in your household.
You can go to the grocery store, medical appointments and the pharmacy. You can go pic up food or have food delivered to your house. You can leave your house to buy supplies to clean or maintain your house. You can go outside to exercise. You can also leave your house in an emergency.
The key takeaway is that you need to stay in your house as much as possible but it is recognized that there are circumstances in which people will need ot leave. Keep those circumstances rare, consolidate trips as much as possible and use take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery services whenever possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If you violate any of the terms of the order, you are committing a misdemeanor, which is a crime in the State of Georgia. For example, if you are not sheltering in place and none of the four exceptions for Essential Services, Minimum Basic Operations, Critical Infrastructure or Necessary Travel applies to your activities, you will receive a warning from law enforcement and risk facing criminal charges if you fail to apply.
No business, establishment, for-profit or non-profit corporation, organization, or county or municipal government is allowed to have more than 10 people gathering in a single location unless there is at least six feet between each person at all times. This rule applies to church services and funeral services.
Yes. You can visit state parks and play sports outside, including golf, subject to certain restrictions. Gatherings of more than 10 people are banned unless there is at least six feet between each person at all times. If people congregate in certain areas of a state park or golf course, for example, law enforcement will warn them to disband. If they fail to comply, they may face criminal charges.
Do all winter maintenance at the beginning of each month.