ATLANTA -- Many people in Georgia will replace their car tags this year, and some are questioning the taxpayer dollars used to mail hundreds of thousands of letters about the new tags.

What some are calling a waste, Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand is calling good planning.

Georgia is replacing the old "Georgia on my Mind" tags that are at least nine years old. The state is offering drivers a choice of two new tags.

According to the Department of Revenue, drivers receive their replacement tag at the time of renewal, typically on their birthday.

But Fulton County's Tax Commissioner wants to know your choice before you hit the tag office or renew online. He's mailed hundreds of thousands of letters asking car owners to make their choice now.

Some are wondering if it's necessary.

"You gotta pay for the postage, pay for paper," said taxpayer Timothy Ferrell as he left the tag office Tuesday afternoon. "That was a waste. When you go get your tag, choose then."

A viewer emailed 11Alive Newsasking "how much did that ridiculous letter, including paper and postage cost?"

Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand says he doesn't know yet exactly how much it cost or how many letters were mailed out, but he says there were hundreds of thousands of letters send to Fulton County taxpayers.

"To insure we have the style of tag you want on hand, please circle your selection below," the letter states.

Ferdinand says responses to the letters are helping his office manage their inventory and make sure he has enough of the tags people want.

"If I didn't send that letter out, we would be at the mercy of our inventory," said Ferdinand. "People come in they want a tag and we could run out of one or the other."

When asked why he couldn't just order additional tags if a supply ran low, Ferdinand responded that "it takes time."

Ferdinand says his office has received calls questioning the purpose of the letter, but only one complaint.

"We got one letter returned unsigned saying this was a waste," said Ferdinand. "The overwhelming majority of the calls we received except that one said this was a good idea."

Responding to the letter is not mandatory, but taxpayers who do will pay postage.

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