Thursday, May 23 2013 5:06 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:06:59 GMT
A south Georgia soldier is enjoying her first night with her family in months. She returned to Quitman today after a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan. And she surprised her son and her mother at herMore >>
A south Georgia soldier is enjoying her first night with her family in months.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:04 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:04:16 GMT
All non-essential employees at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany have been sent home for the day due to a sudden drop in water pressure. Base officials say the water is either running extremely low orMore >>
The command is still investigating the cause of this specific leak and will provide up-to-date information to the public as well as its workforce as to the causes and preventative measures that will take place in the future.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:54 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:54:42 GMT
The attorney for the family of a teenager found dead at Lowndes High School says information from paramedics contradicts what sheriff's investigators say. But the sheriff's office says there's an explanation. 17-year-oldMore >>
The attorney for the family of a teenager found dead at Lowndes High School says information from paramedics contradicts what sheriff's investigators say. But the sheriff's office says there's an explanation.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:46 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:46:20 GMT
The Albany Police Department says that a woman who was walking along 8th Avenue was bitten by a dog Thursday afternoon. Here is the release provided by APD- At approximately 1:08 this afternoon, DispatchMore >>
The Albany Police Department says that a woman who was walking along 8th Avenue was bitten by a dog Thursday afternoon.More >>
June 7, 2004
Dougherty County - Property taxes in Dougherty County may go up even more than expected. "We have services that are mandated, the economy is growing, and therefore taxes will have to increase," said County Commissioner Brenda Robinson-Cutler. County commissioners are trying to give county employees are pay raise, which they say would force them to raise property taxes even more than they first thought.
Just more than a week ago, Commissioners said property taxes would likely go up 2-mils. Monday, they upped it to 2.5-mils which would bring in an additional $4,600,000 in tax revenue.
Debbie Barnhart and her dog, Buddy, check the mail at her Malborough Street home. She's one taxpayer who expected Dougherty County to deliver a higher property tax bill this year. "You expect tax hikes with everything that's going on in the world and with elections. Tax hikes come when you're in a growing county," said Barnhart.
Homeowner Ben Johnson isn't so understanding of balancing the budget at the expense of taxpayers. "What's the matter with cutting? You have to do it to stay competitive. You're asking every household to do it, so what's different with the county," said Johnson.
However, the County is cutting. County commissioners are talking about eliminating 11 jobs from departments from solid waste to administration to save money. Now, the budget debate is centering on the remaining employees. Some commissioners are supporting raising taxes by 2.5-mils to make sure employees get a modest raise.
"I would rather see taxes increase, than not see the staff get a merit or cost of living increase, or insurance rate goes up, and the whole works," said Commissioner Cutler. County commissioners agreed to raise the insurance premiums by 5% for county employees. So if those employees don't get a raise, some will take home less money this year.
Johnson says it's time for the County to dip into its $8,000,000 reserve fun to lessen the load on employees and taxpayers. "To say I'm going to put my hands on that $8,000,000 and do nothing with it, when your asking everybody else to make changes, is like taking your ball home and saying I'm not going to play," said Johnson.
The County has until June 30, 2004 to pass the budget which gives commissioners a few more weeks to decide on pay raises and tax hikes. A 2.5 mil tax hike would mean an additional $100 dollars a year in property taxes on a $100,000 home.
Also Monday, County commissioners agreed to increase some Environment Health fees. You'll be paying anywhere from $10 to $25 more permits ranging from septic tanks and swimming pool , as well as land site evaluations.