Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 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.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - There's still no clear answer to if the Homeowner tax relief grant will remain in place for property owners in Georgia. Governor Perdue froze the grant in order to reduce a $1.6 Billion budget deficit.
The Dougherty County tax office plans to send out tax bills in about two weeks. For those of you with homestead exemption, you'll also get a green slip like this in your bill, a warning to be prepared to pay even more.
It's a game of limbo, keeping property owners up in the air. "We're expecting the legislature to take it up in January. It could be as late as March before we know." says Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard.
Know if you'll be expected to pay back a property tax credit from the state.
That's three months after property taxes are due, means you may have to send another check to the county for the difference once state legislators make their decision.
"Essentially, it just states that the credit you're receiving on your tax bill, all the homeowners, that if this does not come to fruition, if they do dishonor their commitment to make that credit to the counties, then we will, in turn, have to bill the homeowner for that credit," said Tax Director Denver Collins-Hooten.
Although many state legislators have said they won't allow the Governor to freeze the money, a special session hasn't been scheduled.
"Obviously with a billion six deficit, they've got some very difficult decisions," said Sinyard.
While the grant only impacts people with homestead exemption, your county homestead exemption will still apply.
If the general assembly doesn't take action, homeowners in Dougherty County would have to repay the county a little over $300.
By freezing the grants, it frees up $428 million, about a quarter of the deficit. The home owner grant money effects property owners in every county of the state.