Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
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 >>
May 13, 2008
Dougherty County -- Governor Sonny Perdue is expected to sign a bill Wednesday that will put a cap on the sales tax manufacturers pay for electricity and natural gas. South Georgia industries say it's a good first step toward making the state more competitive for economic growth and jobs.
Energy is the largest expense for the Procter and Gamble Paper Plant in Albany. P&G spokesperson Vince Falcione said "we are the second largest user of electricity in the state of Georgia. And you add the natural gas, we spend about $200,000 a day on energy."
P&G must pay four percent state sales tax on every dollar, close to four million dollars a year in taxes that other states don't charge their manufacturers. And that's a big reason many large industries have not been coming to Georgia.
Falcione said "it's cheaper to do business in a South Carolina or an Alabama. And we've lost plants here in Georgia to other states."
Wednesday Governor Sonny Perdue will sign into law a cap on the state's energy sales tax, as gas and electricity costs skyrocket. Industries say the 2008 Legislature took a number of steps to become more attractive for big manufacturers.
Falcione said "Georgia recognizes that it's time to get on a level playing field, and do what we can to bring manufacturing jobs to this state, to keep manufacturing jobs in this state, to help economic development."
Large industries like P&G want Georgia to eliminate the state sales tax completely, like Tennessee, Missouri, and North Carolina already have this year. But they are happy about the cap the Governor will sign into law Wednesday and believe it will help create more jobs in Georgia.
The Procter and Gamble plant in Albany has a 350 million dollar impact on the local economy every year and more than one billion dollar impact on the state's economy.