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 >>
September 20, 2006
Albany-- A Dougherty County School Board member says some tax-exempt properties shouldn't be and that may cause you to pay more than your fair share.
Government buildings like the courthouse and non-for-profit hospitals like Phoebe Putney are eligible for tax-exempt status. But Dougherty County School Board member David Maschke says some other non-profit entities are actually the opposite.
"My concern is that there's fairness and equity across the board for all taxpayers," says Mashke. So Mashke began looking at tax-exempt properties in the county to find out which ones are legitimate and which ones may be beating the system.
"I went through the tax roll briefly, found some examples and asked the tax director to look into them," says Mashke. Tax Director Denver Hooten has been working with the school board's finance committee and looking through the nearly 3000 parcels of tax-exempt property in Dougherty County. She admits some do slip through.
"Yes, occasionally. We're only talking about one or two a year. We're not talking about a great many," says Hooten. And it can be hard to catch. The assessors rely on audit letters and what they see as they go through the county but they mostly depend on people reporting a change in status.
"We have to rely on either they tell us or someone else notifies us," says Hooten. Mashke's main concern is that when property owners don't report a change in tax status, taxpayers end up paying more than they should.
"I think there may be slight changes to the tax roll if certain exemptions have been overlooked but the major exemptions like churches, hospitals and basically government agencies and the schools, that's where the major exemptions are," says School Finance Director Lloyd.
Still, Maschke feels every little bit counts and wants a detailed look at the tax rolls.
"If we can identify people and businesses that should be paying their taxes, we need to make sure that happens," says Maschke. So that some don't have to pay more than their fair share.
Soon, the finance committee will receive a detailed list of non-profits. They'll review the data and decide what, if any, action to take.