Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - You'll get to decide whether to give many Georgia businesses a tax break. This week, the governor signed a bill that will let voters decide whether to repeal the state's inventory tax.
Critics say the state loses tens of millions of dollars in revenue every year by giving tax breaks to special interest groups. But business owners say the inventory tax isn't fair and needs to go.
Each year, Steve Allen has to go through every piece of inventory at Allen's Jewelers and send a tax on the value of those goods to the state of Georgia. He said, "I think it's an unfair tax on businesses, especially if you don't sell the merchandise on it one year, you're going to pay taxes the next year."
And in a tough economy, precious jewels can take their precious time to sell. So Allen sometimes pays taxes on the same item year after year. "You pay inventory tax again on it and again and again and again."
It's thousands of dollars each year at this shop. Thousands of dollars that could be used for other things. He said, "New employees, fixing things up around here. Doing things that are good for the business."
Maybe even passing along savings to customers. Instead, every tax that Allen has to pay, has to be passed on. "We ultimately have to pass the cost to the customer."
That's why he's glad to know the state is finally going to give businesses a break. "Hopefully the people in this state will see it's an unfair tax on business and we can eliminate it," said Allen. A gem of a deal, for small businesses, and ultimately, the customers they serve.
The bill will be placed on a referendum November of 2010 for the voters to vote up or down. Senator Freddie Powell Sims and Representatives Carol Fullerton and Ed Rynders voted in favor of the bill. Representative Winfred Dukes was excused from voting on the bill.