Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
October 14, 2005
Lee County- Lee County Commissioners raised the county's tax rate two mills Thursday night to bring in an extra 1.5 million dollars a year. That's not enough to make up for overspending in recent years that left Lee County with nearly nothing to fall back on in an emergency.
The Administrator and Commissioners say the tax increase should have been more and say they may need to raise taxes again next year. While Lee County Commissioners have approved balanced budgets over the last three years, they've gone back and amended those budgets and over spent by as much as one million dollars in 2004.
"In the last couple of years, the reserves have been used to balance the budget, you can't spend money out of the reserves, it's supposed to be left for emergency funds only," said Morris Leverett, Lee County Commissioner.
An additional million was needed in 2003 when the fire department went full time. Commissioners blame poor budgeting for the problems they're having now.
"They spent from $589,000 to 1.22 million dollars for full time firemen. Well, the budget has not allowed any more revenue to come in by raising the millage rate, so they balanced the budget by taking it out of reserves, so that's another million dollars gone now," said Leverett.
Until Thursday night, the millage rate in Lee County hasn't increased since 1996.
"That's the hard thing to do, the millage rate, but it's something you have to do, because, well now we got about $783,000 in the bank, so that can't pay a bill, you can't pay your bills," said Leverett.
Last year, 500 new homes were built in Lee County. Despite the growth, it doesn't generate enough taxes to cover the services those homes require. Commissioners say, they must improve the county's commercial development, which generates the most tax revenue.
"People don't want to spend money to make commercial come, and you just can't survive without good commercial coming in," said Leverett.
Protests forced commissioners to cut money from the budget that would have been spent for more commercial development. Now, commissioners will ask for a five million dollar tax anticipation loan and hope that they don't need to prioritize their bills in order to get them paid.
"We hope not, but I'm afraid it's going to get that way unless things turn around a little bit," said Leverett.
County leaders say the current budget is already short more than $800,000.