Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 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.
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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) - Property taxes have already been paid, but you may have to write another check to the tax man very soon. The Governor cut the homeowners tax relief grant from the budget. Homeowners were already given the grant, and now, you may have to pay it back.
Betsy and Bret Urick are homeowners and soon to be parents, which means they'll soon be paying for lots of diapers, and formula and baby clothes. They may also have to dish out more money for their property taxes.
"It does seem unfair," said Betsy. Most of the people we talked to today agreed, If they even knew what we were talking about. Most people had not heard of the grant, nor that it could be taken back.
Urick said, "I'm sure a lot of people will be mad." The Uricks say if they are sent a bill, they'll pay it. But for many people, 60 days notice to pay a major, unexpected bill, won't be enough time. "There's a lot of people out there that $300 is going to make a big difference in their overall income and those are the people I feel really bad for."
Phillip Wingate isn't especially happy to hear about the grant being cut from the state's budget. He said, "Taxes is taxes. You don't enjoy paying them no more than you have to." Especially when you've already paid them, and get another bill in the mail.
That's what may happen for millions of Georgians if the Homeowners tax relief grant isn't funded by the state. It's up to each county how they'll handle the cut. Dougherty County plans to send out bills, as soon as a decision is finalized. Urick said, "It's not going to help anybody."
There's a lot of confusion out there about what the grant actually is. It is available to everyone who has homestead exemption, but it's not homestead exemption. Homestead exemption amounts to about $79 in Albany. The homeowners tax relief grant, is a much larger chunk of money, about $316 dollars for homeowners in Albany. That amount varies according to the tax rate in your county.