Annex offers local service

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Governmental Annex on South Main Street in Brundidge might be one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

But just for now.

Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage said once the city’s citizens fully realize what an asset the Annex is and the convenience that it provides, they should beat a path to its door.

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Although the Annex has been open for a while, Ramage said many of the citizens and those in surrounding communities don’t realize that “it’s here.”

“When they do, they will take greater advantage of the opportunities that the Annex provides,” Ramage said. “At this time, the Pike County Probate Office, the Revenue Commissioner’s Office and OCAP all have a presence at the Annex. CARE Ambulance is there around the clock every day.”

The Pike County Probate Office at the Annex is open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month.

“Rather than having to go to Troy to the courthouse, you can go down the street to the Governmental Annex and get your vehicle tag in just a few minutes,” Ramage said. “There is ample parking space at the Annex and it’s easy access. This service is available to anybody in Pike County.”

OCAP is at the Annex on Wednesdays year around with information about and assistance with its programs and services. The hours are 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Revenue Commissioner’s Office will offer its services at the Annex on Tuesdays, beginning the first Tuesday in October and continuing through the last Tuesday in December, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

“Pike County citizens can pay their ad valorem taxes at the Annex,” Ramage said and added laughing that some Troy residents came to Brundidge last year to pay their taxes.

“They were like me and waited until the last minute. They thought the lines wouldn’t be as long in Brundidge as they would be in Troy.”

Ramage said that Brundidge is proud to be able to offer the governmental services locally to its residents and those in surrounding communities.

“We appreciate the willingness of these agencies to work with us in providing these services to our citizens,” he said. “It was our goal from the beginning to offer a variety of services but, with cutbacks in many of the agencies, some of those that we had gotten good feedback from weren’t able to come. But the City is looking for opportunities for other agencies to use the building on days when it’s not being used.”

The Governmental Annex in Brundidge is located on South Main Street in the old doctor’s building.