Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:59:20 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:58:09 GMT
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer CoalitionMore >>
A student-led effort to help cancer survivors ended up being a big success at a Lee County School. Friday students at Twin Oaks elementary school donated the proceeds from their effort to the Cancer Coalition of Southwest Georgia.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:44:12 GMT
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months. About 2,000 workers at the Albany base will have to take up to 11 unpaid days off in the next fiscal year that startsMore >>
Furloughs for Marine Corps Logistics Base workers could start in less than two months.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 11:43 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:43:28 GMT
The Rat Pack came back to Albany Friday night. Sinatra and Friends performed at Doublegate Country Club to raise money for the Albany Symphony Association. The guys who play the roles of Frank Sinatra,More >>
People danced the night away to Frank Sinatra tunes.More >>
May 31, 2007
Albany -- If you are a Water, gas and light customer, your utility rates may go up. There is a two million dollar shortfall in the utility's budget, and something will have to be done to make up for it. A nearly $15 million gas plant cleanup and lower electric sales are also contributors to the problem.
We first told you back in August that the old manufactured Gas plant on Front Street was going to be a big problem for Water, Gas and Light and the City of Albany. Now it could be a problem for you, too. "It is a concern and it's not just for the city commission now or the WG&L board now or the taxpayers now, but for everybody in the years to come," said City Commissioner Bob Langstaff, Jr.
That's because it will cost a minimum of $2 Million to clean up the site, as required by the Environmental Protection Division, but it could cost as much as $15 Million. And that money has to come from somewhere. "Nobody wants to get surprised with an unfunded liability," said Langstaff.
During a joint meeting Thursday between city commissioners and WG&L Board members, there was discussion as to who should pay for the cleanup. The city or WG&L, which is owned by the city. So ultimately, the burden falls on you, the taxpayers or ratepayers, and here's why.
WG&L could pay for the cleanup, but they may also have to hike up rates, especially since there's already a budget shortfall. "We are gong to have to look at a lot of different possibilities. That is a possibility and hopefully we're going to keep any kind of increase that is recommended very modest." said John Vanzant, WG&L Finance Director.
Or if the city takes responsibility, they may have to up property taxes, though Langstaff hopes that won't happen. "The burden on the property tax payers is about as high as it can go, and that we ought to be looking to spread that burden."
A burden that either way will fall on you to clean up. Another reason for the budget shortfall is that there were about $4 Million in extra costs to MEAG, the Municipal Electric Association of Georgia.
In addition to possibly raising rates to bridge the gap, Commissioner Langstaff suggested raising utility rates in order to lower the millage rate in Albany since it's one of the highest in Georgia.