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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 >>
May 17, 2007
Albany -- The battle lines are drawn, and property owners in Dougherty County are ready to put up a fight. Many people say property revaluations are unrealistic and that "fair" Market value isn't fair at all. One man's property value increased more than 3,000%.
Clinton Miles says there must be oil he didn't know about on the tract of land he owns off of Oakridge Drive. "It won't never be worth that, unless they struck oil or gold. It's unreasonable," Miles says.
Unreasonable, because he just received a tax notice that says the fair market value of these 328 acres went from $592,000 to more than $23 Million. "I was glad I was sitting down when I opened it," he said.
He says the last time a property evaluation was done in the nineties, and he expected an increase, but not one this large. "Ain't no way to sell it for that kind of money."
And he should know. For the past 12 years, he's been trying to sell it for $2,500 an acre-- a total value of just over $1 Million. "Nobody has come with an offer." Nothing? "Nothing!"
And now, the land, half of which is wetlands, is valued at more than $70,000 an acre. He says that's ludicrous. "I think they're way out of line here. It's hard to believe they would come up with a price like this."
So does Richard Thomas. He's with the Dougherty County Taxpayers Association, and says government leaders should prepare for tea time.
"Maybe we'll have another Boston tea party," said Thomas. "If the county is ready to go to war, we're ready to throw the tea bags in the bay."
He and other property owners are holding a meeting to discuss the constitutionality of an ad valorem tax in the first place. "This is the tipping point that's going to push people to take action."
An action Miles hopes will bring the value of his land back down. "If they want to buy it, they can have it."
Or, he says, he'll join them for tea.
The taxpayers meeting will take place Wednesday at 3:00PM at Albany Realty. Anyone with a problem with their property value should contact the number on their tax notice within 45 days of that notice.