Frequently Asked Questions
What does year-round water mean?
The water level in Lake Martin fluctuates as much as 10
feet at the dam during the fall and winter. Generally, Alabama Power Company
begins to take the lake level down around Labor Day and it is usually at its
lowest by the end of December. Sometime around the middle of February, the lake
begins to fill up. This fluctuation allows residents to build or repair seawalls
and piers, as well as clean out the lake bed in front of their homes. However,
in order to have year-round water under your pier, you need at least 10 feet of
water there when the lake is at full pool.
What are the local property taxes on real
estate? Property taxes in Tallapoosa County are among the lowest in
the country at .35 mils. We’ve actually had clients go to the courthouse to
check that the figures we gave them were correct. Our taxes are paid in arrears
and the tax year runs from October 1 through September 30 of each year. Taxes
are due and payable October 1 and delinquent after December 31.
What is there to do? Lake Martin is conveniently located. We are 30 minutes from
the Auburn/Opelika area; 60 minutes from Montgomery; 90 minutes from Birmingham;
and 2 hours from Atlanta. One can enjoy theater, sports events, museums, and
international air service a short drive away and still live a quite lifestyle.
Which schools serve the area?
The Tallapoosa County and Alexander City School Systems are
currently on a year-round schedule. Students attend school for 9 weeks, have a 2
to 3 week break, then return for
another 9 weeks. At the end of 2 semesters junior and senior high school
students begin work on 4 new subjects. Each class is 96 minutes long. There are
Community Colleges in Alexander City (22 miles) and in Opelika (30 minutes).
Auburn University is 30 minutes from our area.
Drinking Water: There are large areas of the lake that now have city water
service. However, there are homes that have wells and some that still draw their
water from the lake and use filtration systems.
Septic vs Sewer Systems: Most homes on the lake have septic tanks. The Tallapoosa
County Health Department approves all septic systems on
new construction. The guidelines the Health Department follows help
insure that your system works properly and that our lake stays clean.
Natural and Propane Gas: Natural gas is available in several areas of the lake.
Additionally, there are many local companies that provide propane tanks and gas.