Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:59 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:59:39 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
December 15, 2005
Thomasville, Georgia-- Thomasville's budget is just days away from being adopted. It has increased significantly, but taxpayers may not foot the bill.
City Manager, Steve Sykes, is finalizing Thomasville's operating budget for 2006. "The City of Thomasville will require about seven to eight million dollars more this next year," says Sykes.
A 96 million dollar budget versus this year's 88 million dollar budget, fueled by growth and rising energy costs. "The police and the fire are two of the largest budgets that the city has," says Sykes.
Thomasville's police department has about 70 employees and costs about five million dollars to operate each year. The fire department has 43 employees and costs about two and a half million dollars to operate annually. "The good news is the taxes will not be going up," says Sykes.
Ok, you may be asking how Thomasville can afford an eight million dollar budget increase without raising taxes. It's actually pretty simple. "What we have to do is make sure we're generating enough revenue from our enterprise funds, whether it's water or sewer or electricity or natural gas or cable television. We have to be profitable so we can operate our whole general government budget. The profits stay in the community. We can reinvest those profits," says Sykes.
Now, there could be a five percent increase in water and gas rates. And there were budget cuts, although they're more along the lines of budget hold offs. "We postponed investing in some capital trying to maintain our cost as low as we can," says Sykes. That's a money saver taxpayers will appreciate when the budget's adopted next week on the 21st.
Thomasville has some of the lowest property taxes in our region. At three mills, people have to pay only about three dollars of taxes for every thousand dollars worth of property they own.