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 >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
June 22, 2004
Worth County - We expect our taxes to go up every now and then, but a 16-percent increase all at once is pretty steep. That's what the Worth County School Board is proposing. They say without the hike, education will suffer, but what will it mean to homeowners?
It's time to stop the confusion surrounding the proposed 16 percent property tax increase in Worth County. Homeowner, Carl Bledsoe, says, "That's putting a big load on homeowners."
Bledsoe is retired on a fixed income. He adds, "And I haven't had children in school for 35 years."
Now, asking the school board a few questions. A board forced to do more with less. Superintendent Dr. Gary Russell says, "Unfortunately, that's the theme of our budget, we're trying to do more with less. We've reached the end of the road and have cut back as much as we can we now need a tax increase to keep our schools functional and provide education for our youngsters as necessary."
Current millage rate = 13 mills
Proposed millage rate = 15 mills
*** Two mill increase ***
Two mills = 16% dollar amount increase
For example, if you pay $300 in school taxes every year, you multiply that by 16 percent. That's a $48.00 difference, so you would be paying $348.00 a year.
Dr. Russell adds, "We've had cut back and there isn't anything coming from the state and we've done as much as we've needed to do. It has to come from local folks, unfortunately."
Locals, like Bledsoe, who say it's not fair to tax just homeowners. But it's also not fair to those who have lost their jobs due to budget cuts.
If the school board votes to go to 15 mills, they will also pick up an additional $300,000 from the state.
The last public hearing will be held at the Worth County School Board building Tuesday June 29th at seven and then board members are expected to vote.