Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
August 20, 2002
Albany - Albany property owners get a chance to complain about a city tax increase. And, city commissioners vote down a salary increase for themselves and the Mayor.
Albany held two public hearings today to discuss the proposed 4.15% property tax increase. For many people, the real increase will be even more because of increased property values after a reassessment.
Sara Buford is one of many Albany residents who feel the assessment price of her home isn't fair. She took her concerns to city commissioners this morning. "This increase in stupid," said Buford."My home isn't worth what it was assessed."
Buford lives on one of only two unpaved roads inside the city limits. The city doesn't maintain her road. She asked commissioners why she should pay more taxes for less service."Last year, my husband lugged our Christmas tree to the dump because the city wouldn't even pick up our limbs. We pay the taxes, but we just don't get the service."
Without the latest reassessment of homes, the city would have seen a decrease in tax revenue - a sure sign of the hard times we're facing.
Commissioners also heard an update on next year's budget, knowing an increase in property taxes will put more pressure on the city to tighten its belt. So a vote to increase the salaries for the Commissioners and Mayor stirred strong feelings.
"It would be irresponsible and wrong to raise our salaries when we're so worried about a balanced budget," said Mayor Tommy Coleman.
The commissioners haven't had a pay raise since 1987. And, they earn about $7,000 a year. Commissioner Bo Dorough made the motion to increase the salary to $13,200.
"We, as Commissioners, are grossly under paid compared to leaders in other cities," said Dorough. In a four to three vote, the salary increase was shot down, leaving Albany commissioners earning the lowest salaries in the state when compared to other cities our size.
Another public hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday, August 27th at 6 p.m. Commissioners will set the millage rate after that hearing.