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 >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:49 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:49:38 GMT
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus (VPC) in Moultrie. RepresentativesMore >>
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:46 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:46:04 GMT
Albany Humane Society officials say it's one of the worst cases of animal neglect they have seen. Tonight a veterinarian and Humane Society workers are trying to nurse a one-year old lab mix back toMore >>
Albany Humane Society officials and a veterinarian are nursing a dog back to health, after she was nearly starved to death.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:45 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:45:45 GMT
Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration. Party City will open a store at 2709 Dawson Road, near the Albany Mall this August. EconomicMore >>
Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:41:48 GMT
An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria. We introduced you to Michael Hobgood last night. His arm was amputated less than twoMore >>
An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria.More >>
May 21, 2007
Albany -- Dougherty County's property tax base may jump 30%. That's what preliminary numbers show after county-wide revaluations, but that doesn't mean your taxes will jump that much.
More than 38,000 pieces of property were part of the massive revaluation in Dougherty County. Some parcels doubled in value, like agricultural land. But residential property, went up by about 26% in value overall.
In all, there is a 30% increase in real property value, so will your taxes go up that much? It's not likely. "That's what I'm looking forward to is rolling back the millage rate and hopefully it will be fair and equitable to as many people as possible," said County Commissioner Lamar Hudgins.
But you may not necessarily think your property value is fair. So, you'll have to prove it.
"We need documentation." Luther Nicholson is the project supervisor for the revaluation process, done by the Tyler Company. He says any property owner who is worried about the new value should gather information about their home or property and bring it in for an informal hearing. "If there's a problem with your home, termites, or floors or items inside that we cannot see, then we need that."
The more information you can provide, the better off you'll be. For example, if you've been trying to sell your house for a long time with no takers, bring in that information, also if you recently bought a house for much less than the accessed value, you need to bring in that information as well.
"We want it to be equal. We don't want one person paying X amount of dollars and the person next to them in a similar home paying something totally different," said Nicholson.
Though you may be paying a different millage rate than you were before. "We'll have much more flexibility in lowering the millage rate, which I'm looking forward to do," said Hudgins.
If you're property value did increase, and you're worried about a higher tax bill you should look into possible exemptions, like Homestead Exemption which will lower the amount you're required to pay. Contact the tax office for more information.
If you think the assessed value of your property is wrong, you need to act fast. You must appeal the assessed value within 45 days of the notice being sent out. Then, a recommendation will be made to the board of tax assessors to change the value, or keep it the same.
"After an individual makes an appeal, that goes to the board of tax assessors. At the time the board of tax assessors, they will hear the recommendation from the staff. They'll also look at the documents and depending on their decision, they'll either say they agree with the staff or they'll make a change," said Tax Director Denver Hooten
If no change is made, an automatic appeal is made to the board of equalization. Ultimately your appeal can end up in Superior Court. But if you don't make an initial appeal within 45 days of your notice, you lose all rights to appeal your property value.