Albany --It's moving day for a lot of city and county workers. They're packing up their courthouse offices and heading across the street to the brand new Government building. The first city workers moving into their new offices on the first floor of the Central Square Office Building at 240 Pine Avenue was the Albany Dougherty County Tax Tag Department.
The office was closed Friday, so they could move their computers from their old offices in the Judicial Building across the street. Official papers and files have been boxed over the last month and stacked up to be moved this weekend.
Tax Director Denver Hooten said "We've been very busy for about 3 weeks actually." Does it feel good moving day is finally here? "Yes, I'm anxious, to open up Monday."
For some of the 31 workers in the Tax Tag Department, this is a bitter sweet move. They have had the same office for 34 years.
Janet Hancock cleans out her desk after 29 years working there. Hancock said "It will be nice to go to a brand new office, but it will be a definite change."
The new office has high density space saver filing systems that will make their office more efficient, when they reopen Monday morning. Hooten said "One of the things they will find is us being on the street level, it's going to be a lot more accessible. For those who are elderly or handicapped, it will be a lot easier for them."
The Albany Tax Tag Department will share the first floor of the Central Square Building with the City Treasury Department. On the second floor the City Engineering Department will be moving in this weekend.
The third floor will house the Environmental Health and Planning Departments. The vacated Tax and Tag offices at the Judicial Building will be renovated, and then become the probate court and coroner's offices.