Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 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 >>
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 11:58 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 >>
October 5, 2007
Albany - A taxpayers watchdog group says Dougherty Countians can't afford another property tax hike and they'll fight it. They claim the Dougherty County School Board and the Dougherty County Commission plan to increase property taxes, though neither one has set its tax rate yet.
Those critics say the millage rates should be rolled back significantly because many property re-valuations already will translate into higher bills for many people.
No new taxes. That's the battle cry of Richard Thomas, a founding member of the Dougherty County Taxpayers Association. "City, county, and school boards. They've all done the same thing. They've been writing blank checks on the backs of taxed citizens for years and we're ready to stop it," he said.
Thomas, representing hundreds of taxpayers, spoke out against a possible tax increase of as much as 18% by the School Board at a hearing earlier this week, and hopes others will join him at hearings next week to fight the hikes.
"If they will get out of their reclining chairs and come down to the meetings on Monday and show their support," said Thomas, "then these commissions have to listen to them because here to fore, they haven't really had a voice and it's been terribly fragmented."
Plus, he says plans to tax citizens on top of what he deems a faulty reassessment is ridiculous. "We're in the process of having it thrown out because of its unconstitutional nature and it's based on prices that are absolutely out of the realm of realism."
And he hopes you'll help bring school board members and commissioners back to reality, by demanding, "No new taxes".
The school board plans to set its millage rate Monday. They'll be meeting at the School Administration Building downtown at 6 PM. The county commission is meeting at 9 AM and again at 6 PM at the Government Center. Whether your tax bill goes up depends on your property's new assessment and the total final millage rate from the school board, city, and county.