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Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money. The victim told authorities that theMore >>
Two men, one black and one white, burst into the Petro Store at the intersection of Highway 200 and Highway 45 Sunday night, and attacked the clerk, stealing money.More >>
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Information from the Georgia Lottery- ATLANTA – A Valdosta man has won a huge jackpot prize playing Fantasy 5. William Gilbert, 71, matched all five numbers from the May 16 Fantasy 5 drawing, winningMore >>
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Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees told police a man left the store with a shopping cart full of items without paying. The employeesMore >>
Thomasville Police Officers responded to Walmart in reference to a shoplifting Sunday night. Employees said the man pulled knife and began swing it at them. He then ran to a vehicle parked in the parking lot and attempted to leave however, but the car would not start, so he took off running.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:30 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:30:40 GMT
By PAMELA SAMPSON AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) - The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, andMore >>
The price of oil fell Monday ahead of the release later this week of economic data from the U.S. and China. Benchmark crude for June delivery was down 55 cents to $95.47 a barrel, but gas in East Albany was $3.42 this morning....More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:03 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:03:02 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Albany -- Georgia's Speaker of the House of Representatives wants lawmakers to shake up the way you pay your taxes. Speaker Glenn Richardson is proposing that Georgia eliminate property taxes and institute a statewide sales tax on all goods and services.
Many local government leaders across the state oppose his plan, saying it is a power grab by Atlanta leaders.
Richardson is touring the state saying those local government bodies are spending out of control, overtaxing property owners. Speaker Richardson told the Albany Rotary Club that a speech about property taxes is usually dull, but the room was full of businessmen, local politicians, and taxpayers leading revolts about property tax increases.
Richardson says his plan is Georgia's repeal of every ad valorem tax. "Government should be funded based upon your ability to pay and how much you spend."
His plan calls for a sales tax of eight cents on every dollar spent for goods and services, while dropping all property taxes and exemptions. Richardson said many of the 1,200 plus tax entities in Georgia have increased spending by sixty or seventy percent, and that change is needed to stop the burden on property owners.
"They want to keep doing it, and doing it, and doing it, at your expense. That's how we got in this mess, and that's why we ought to change it."
Richardson will propose the change during the next legislative session, and it is sure to be a hot topic of debate. State School, city and county leaders fear sales taxes revenues could fall, cutting the money they have. Richardson says Georgia has changed dramatically since the current property tax method was set up in 1937, and that home owners are paying too much of the burden.
Dougherty County commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard said Richardson's proposal has not been written, and does not spell out exactly how it will fund local concerns. "The taxpayers need to know where their money is going to go and if they are going to get it back."
Richardson said his proposal will be introduced in January, to let voters decide on how they are taxed. "All we are voting on is whether Georgians should get a chance to vote. I think it's do well, but we will see in January."
Most of the Albany civic club gave Richardson a standing ovation after his speech. Commissioner Lamar Hudgins says he has concerns about state mandates on local government, but knows property owners want change. "I feel if it makes it to the ballot, I think it will pass."
Richardson joked about the growing opposition to his tax change plan, and knows it will make for a lively legislative session in Atlanta.
Glenn Richardson says his sales tax plan would increase tax collections from illegal immigrants working in Georgia, who don't pay income tax.