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 Hartselle/Morgan County: Newcomer Information


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Hartselle city schools can be summed up in one word “excellence”. Hartselle students consistently rank high in statewide achievement testing and perform above the state and national average in all areas of the Stanford Achievement Test. One-half of all Hartselle graduates annually score above the national average on the ACT. Students have captured numerous first place awards in state and national competitions, and many have been named National Merit Finalists. Our athletic programs are recognized statewide with 20 state championships in varied sports in the past 21 years.

Hartselle is home to one K-12 private school, and a number of pre-school daycare facilities. Hartselle is centrally located near several quality, accredited colleges, offering various two and four year degree programs.


Housing/Real Estate
Hartselle is a quiet bedroom community with older established neighborhoods and a broad mix of new subdivisions. New subdivisions are currently being established with spec houses and available lots for building. Homes generally range in size from 1,500 to 4,000 sq. ft.

According to CNN money, housing costs in Hartselle are 65% lower than in Washington, DC, and the Alexandria and Arlington, VA area. Hartselle has (2) two convenient interchanges to I-65 and is within 30 minutes of Redstone Arsenal.


Taxes
  • Local income taxes: none
  • Sales taxes: 3% (city) 1% (county) 4% (state)
  • Property taxes - 39.4 total mils
    • City 5mils
    • City Schools 11.3 mils
    • County Wide Schools 5.8 mils - Divided between all public K-12 schools in county
    • County 10.8 mils
    • State 6.5 mils

  • www.co.morgan.al.us



Utilities
According to CNN money, utility costs in Hartselle are 7% lower than in Washington, DC, and the Alexandria and Arlington, VA area. Hartselle Utilities is a full-service municipal provider offering—TVA Electricity, Natural Gas, Water, and Sewer.
  • Cable Hookup: Charter Communications, www.charter.com, 1- 866-536-2223
  • Telephone Service: Bellsouth, www.bellsouth.com,
    Residential – 1-888-757-6500
  • Gas, Water, Garbage Collection, Utilities Hookup: www.hartselleutilities.com,
    1-256-773-2533
  • Garbage Pickup: City of Hartselle, 773-2643
  • Recycling : Allied Waste Services 1-800-365-9449



License & Registration
Hartselle is home to a satellite office of the Morgan County Courthouse. Drivers license, automobile tags and registrations can be purchased here. Marriage licenses and drivers tests are administered at the Morgan County courthouse in Decatur, only 20 minutes north on U.S. Highway 31.

Driver’s License

  • Number of days to obtain new license:
    • In State - 60 day grace period before and after expiration date
    • Out of State - 30 days from date entered the state for license and plates
  • Requirements for obtaining new license:
    • In State - Bring previous license
    • Out of State - Go to examiners office at Morgan County Courthouse and show
  • I.D. and Social Security Card and take written test
  • Places to obtain new license
    • Morgan County Courthouse, (256) 351-4600
    • Hartselle office - Crestwood Shopping Center, (256) 773-5924

Automobile Registration

  • Number of days to change registration:
    • In State - Owner to owner - 10 calendar days from date of purchase
    • Out of State - 30 days from date entered the state for license and plates
  • Requirements for registration change:
    • In State - Title and bill of sale
    • Out of State - If you own the vehicle you need the title and registration from the state you are moving from.
  • Morgan County Courthouse, (256) 351-4600
  • Hartselle office - Crestwood Shopping Center, (256) 773-5924

Marriage License

  • Individuals, Bride & Groom, must go together to the Probate Judges office
  • $48.00 Cash only
  • I.D. required for individuals 21 years of age or younger
  • Copy of divorce decree required if divorced within the past 6 months
  • No waiting period
  • License is good for 30 days

Morgan County Courthouse, www.co.morgan.al.us, (256) 351-4600


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