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City Council Meeting Time Change

At their March 7, 2023 meeting, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Pooler, GA approved an ordinance changing the time of the City Council Meetings to 4:00 p.m. effective May 1, 2023. City Council will continue to meet on the first and third Monday of each month at Pooler City Hall. Meetings will continue to be livestreamed here.

Pooler Development Authority Notice of Vacancies

The City of Pooler seeks applicants to fill vacancies and expired terms on the Pooler Development Authority, an authorized body pursuant to O.C.G.A Title 36, Chapter 62. Persons interested in serving must be resident taxpayers of the City and shall submit a cover letter demonstrating their willingness and qualifications to serve, along with a resume. Cover letters and resumes must be received by the Office of the City Planner by Monday, March 27, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. and may be delivered via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; by mail to 100 US Highway 80 SW, Pooler, GA 31322; or in person on the second floor of City Hall.

Partner with Pooler to Plant a Tree for Free

Tree Giveaway 2023 8.5x11

*If you live in a POA or HOA, be sure to check which trees may be planted and where, as there may be restrictions in place.

City of Pooler Achieves the Arbor Day Foundation “Tree City USA” Designation

The City of Pooler, Georgia has been named a 2023 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“We’re so pleased to have our City of Pooler redesignated and to be recognized for our environmental commitment,” said Mayor Rebecca C. Benton.

Pooler achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree-care ordinance, a tree department, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers, and committed citizens in communities like Pooler make smart investments in urban forests,” said Dan Lambe, Chief Executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Trees are assets to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants, and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

In celebration of Georgia State Arbor Day and the City’s redesignation, Pooler will be holding a drive-through tree giveaway. The 2023 Partner with Pooler to Plant a Tree for Free event will be Saturday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Pooler Recreation Center located at 200 Preston Stokes Drive. More than 300 trees will be available for Pooler residents on a first-come, first-served basis (one per household). We thank our Mayor and Council for generously supporting this event through the City’s Tree Fund.

More information on the Tree City USA program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

2023 Pooler Fire Fee Update (Berwick Lakes/Hampton Place)

To our Berwick Lakes and Hampton Place Residents:

It has been brought to our attention that you may have received multiple invoices for your 2023 Fire Fee. Every resident in Berwick Lakes and Hampton Place are within Pooler Fire-Rescue's AOR (area of responsibility) and should only pay a fire fee to the City of Pooler/Pooler Fire-Rescue. Invoices were mailed in January for year 2023. If you have not yet received your invoice, please call (912) 748-7012 or the Finance Department at (912) 748-4800 so we may update your information.

If you receive a fire fee invoice from Chatham County, please DO NOT PAY. Unfortunately, the information on file with the Chatham County Board of Assessors mistakenly lists your address as Savannah 31419, and not Pooler 31322. As the property owner, you will need to contact the Chatham County Board of Assessors at (912) 652-7271 to update your information so you will no longer be billed.

Questions? Contact Stacy Barre Weston, Fire Coordinator, at (912) 748-7012 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

City Council Planning Retreat | Winter 2023

Notice is hereby given that the Mayor and Council of the City of Pooler, GA are holding a planning retreat including an executive session to discuss personnel, legal, and/or real estate matters on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt, 3300 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305.

Occupational Tax Renewals Online Pay Link

We are happy to announce that you are now able to process and pay your Occupational Tax Renewal online. Please note that a 3% convenience fee will be assessed for all online payments. Allow 7-10 business days for processing. If you have any questions, please contact the Business Registration office at (912) 748-7261 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

City of Pooler 2023 Municipal Election Campaign & Qualifying Information

The next municipal election for the City of Pooler will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2023. There will be seven positions open: one (1) Mayor and six (6) City Councilmembers. These are non-partisan, at-large (city-wide) positions. The City of Pooler has no districts.

Congratulations on your decision! Begin by reviewing the requirements and time commitment for the office you seek. In order to qualify for the position of Mayor or Councilmember, you must meet the following:

  • Shall be a citizen of the City of Pooler for 12 months prior to the date of election
  • Shall be a registered voter and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the City
  • Shall continue to reside within the city limits during the period of service
  • Shall not be ineligible for public office pursuant to O.C.G.A. 45-2-1

Four-year terms of office will begin January 1, 2024 and will expire on December 31, 2027. City Council meets on the first and third Monday of each month, with two planning retreats held annually. The Mayor may also call special meetings or public hearings as needed. In addition, those elected are required by law to attend and satisfactorily complete a training program for newly elected municipal officials, offered annually in February or March.

Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with the
City Charter, City Codes/Ordinances, and the guidelines set forth by the Georgia Government Transparency Campaign Finance Commission. Training workshops are also available on the GGT&CFC website.


Once you have decided to run, you will complete and submit a Declaration of Intention to Accept Campaign Contributions (DOI) form with the City Clerk prior to soliciting/accepting any campaign contributions. This may be done at any time after January 1, 2023 and prior to the Qualifying Period.

Candidates with a Campaign Committee should also file a
Registration Form for a Campaign Committee. You will file this form with the State. Both forms may be obtained through the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission website. Please note that there are campaign contribution limits.


Filing your DOI form will trigger your obligation to begin filing Campaign Contribution Disclosure Reports. The Ethics in Government Act requires public disclosure of campaign financing and significant private interest of public officers and candidates for public office. Elected officials and any candidate seeking elected office in Georgia, or the chairperson or treasurer of their campaign committee, must file campaign contribution disclosure reports. Anyone who has filed a Declaration of Intention must file these reports, even if there has been no financial activity. These forms must be filed with the City Clerk and in compliance with the following filing schedule during an election year: January 31, April 30, June 30, September 30, October 25, and December 31. Forms are available online.

Candidates who plan not to exceed $2,500 in contributions or expenditures will need to
complete an affidavit stating such.


To officially be considered a Candidate for Municipal Office, you must qualify for the office by submitting a Notice of Candidacy form to the City Clerk during the Qualifying Period. That period for the 2023 election shall be in the Office of the City Clerk, Pooler City Hall, 100 US Highway 80 SW, Pooler, GA 31322 from Monday, August 21, 2023 through Friday, August 25, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Be sure to bring a valid photo ID and all of the appropriate documentation. Qualifying Packets containing forms, resources, and other information will be available in both paper and digital formats in the office of the City Clerk beginning August 1, 2023.


QUALIFYING FEE (3% of current salary)
A Qualifying Fee must be paid in order to participate in the Qualifying Period.
For the 2023 municipal election, this fee will be $432.00 for the office of Mayor and $216.00 for the office of Councilmember. If unable to pay, a candidate may submit a pauper’s affidavit and qualifying petition.

The City of Pooler contracts with the Chatham County Board of Elections to conduct our municipal elections. You may contact their office, as well as the Chatham County Board of Registrars (Voter Registration Office), for election information and the registered voters list.

As a candidate, whether you are successful or unsuccessful, you must file a final Campaign Contribution Disclosure Form with the City Clerk’s office by December 31, 2023. This form will be included in the Qualifying Packet.

Fire Rescue Station 5

The City of Pooler has received its verification letter for the operation of Pooler Fire Rescue Station 5 located at 204 Nordic Way. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

City of Pooler, GA | 100 SW US HW 80, Pooler, GA 31322
City Hall: (912) 748-7261
Police Department: (912) 748-7333

Date of Authorization: 2/13/08