Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:28:35 GMT
Law enforcement agencies in Albany and Dougherty County are teaming up and strategically hitting the streets to make sure you stay safe this summer. Operation Takeback is a summer-long program to catchMore >>
Law enforcement agencies in Albany and Dougherty County are teaming up and strategically hitting the streets to make sure you stay safe this summer.More >>
May 22, 2006
Leesburg -- Many Lee County property owners are reeling from tax reassessment notices they are receiving now. Property values were re-evaluated for the first time since 1997 in Southwest Georgia's fastest growing county.
Tonight many see the impact in dollars added onto their fair market value, and know that could mean a big increase in their yearly property taxes.
Lee County farmers are seeing some of the biggest impact. Roy Goodson opened his tax reassessment notice Saturday, and said he was: "Shocked."
Goodson owns 196 acres of pecan orchards in North Lee County. The fair market value last year was $160,810. The re-evaluation notice says it's now worth $423,100, a 163% increase.
He worries his taxes will, "Double, more than double, yea, that's what I think," said Goodson.
Goodson was at the Lee County Tax Assessors office this morning to get his appeal of that assessment underway. Technical Appraisal Services of Georgia spent the last two years doing the assessment for Lee County, and they say Southwest Georgia farm prices have skyrocketed.
Melzar Nye of Technical Appraisal Services said, "I would say the demand, people are wanting to buy agricultural properties to get away from city life."
Goodson says farmers are barely making a profit now, and says tax increases like this may force many to leave Lee County. "You are trying to make a living with farm crops, and you got people who are already millionaires coming in here buying land for hunting purposes, and that is what they are basing their taxes on."
Goodson will appeal his assessment, and talk to his neighbors. And he says he will remember come election time. "I think it will have a major effect on elections. This time and next time. I really do."
Farmers will be taxed at a lower rate by Conservation use evaluation, but many home owners in Lee County will see 30% to 50% assessment increases, and the increased tax payments that comes with it.
Assessment hearings for appeals will be held at the Lee County tax assessors office from May 30th until June 2nd. Property owners have 45 days to appeal their tax re-assessment, but company officials who did those assessments say they feel confident their figures will stand up.