Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:46:18 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 10:16 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:16:37 GMT
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her. She is charged with cruelty to aMore >>
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:45 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:45:09 GMT
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/17WfBX4) thatMore >>
About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit is made up of soldiers assigned at Fort Benning and medical personnel from throughout the Army.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:49:18 GMT
By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press BERLIN (AP) - Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs asMore >>
Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs as narrowly targeted efforts that have saved lives and thwarted at least 50 terror threats.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:44 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:44:24 GMT
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.Several hundred canoeists and kayakers are taking part in Paddle Georgia 2013. It'sMore >>
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.More >>
July 24, 2007
Albany -- Georgia's House Speaker wants to do away with ad valorem taxes.
While some are all for it, other local leaders think it might not be such a good idea.
In the final days of the 2007 legislative session, a resolution was introduced that would do away with ad valorem taxes.
And while lawmakers are reviewing the plan, if passed in '08, it could bring major changes in current Georgia taxation procedures.
"It wants to eliminate ad valorem taxes which the county, city, and schools does based on the value of property," said Dougherty County tax director Denver Collins Hooten.
Under the current law, property taxes remain in the hands of local governments which allocate money for such services as fire departments and schools.
In 2006, Dougherty County brought in $91 million in ad valorem taxes. Under the current proposal, taxed revenue would go into the hands of the state. It would then be up to state officials to decide how much money Dougherty County and every other county in the state would get.
But that money would not come from property taxes, instead it would be earned from taxation on previously exempt services like daycare and haircuts.
A 4% state retail tax would remain, but would likely be tacked on to groceries, also currently exempt. The spending of those taxed earnings would be up to state officials.
"The people who have the responsibility, authority, and knowledge base as to how those funds should be spent and be made are the people at the local level," said Rep. Winfred Dukes, (D) Albany.
But some leaders say it's too early to make assumptions about the proposal.
Rep. Ed Rynders, (R) Lee County said, "In the legislature, we're going to look at the exemptions, and what we're going to do to give local control. For anyone to really formulate an opinion at this early date is way premature, and tells you their process about getting property tax relief."
Still six months until the votes are cast underneath the Gold Dome, you can be sure that time will be filled with much debate on this issue.
House speaker Glenn Richardson is sponsoring the bill which critics say would cost the state hundred of millions of dollars.