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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 >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
Dougherty County Commissioners approved a new budget today that does include a property tax hike for folks in unincorporated areas of the county.
But it also means police officers can rest easy and focus on doing their jobs rather than wondering if they will lose their jobs.
After much debate, the majority of county commissioners agreed today they had no choice. Without a tax increase, they say they would have had to make deep public safety cuts they decided were unacceptable.
Dougherty County police Chief Don Cheek is finally able to rest easy. For weeks, he along with his officers have been wondering if they were going to lose several positions. "If you cut a police department in half, or eliminate it, you are going to see crime go up. You are going to see response time go up and service delivery go down," he said.
For weeks, commissioners have struggled to balance the budget before the end of the month deadline. They looked at several options to avoid raising taxes from cutting street lights, to cutting animal control services, to cutting numerous police officers jobs. "The options were do you want to be hanged or shot," said Commissioner Lamar Hudgins.
Today, commissioners approved the budget in two votes. The vote for the general fund, which didn't include a tax increase, was 6-0 with one commissioner left early. The vote for the budget for the special services district that includes the unincorporated part of the county was 4-2, with commissioners John Hayes and Ewell Lyle opposing it.
But others saw no other feasible options in such a short period of time. "If we would have done nothing, not only was the safety of the public an issue, and police themselves would have no back-up it was just an unacceptable situation for me.," said Hudgins.
That means roughly 17,000 people living in the unincorporated area of dougherty county will see their property taxes go up by 2 mils. "For a 100 thousand dollar house that would be $6.67 cents a month and a $300,000 dollar house it would be $20.00 a month," said Hudgins.@
In approving the general fund, commissioners say they did not have to raise the millage rate, no unpaid holidays and no job cuts.
Commissioners say this is the first property tax increase in Dougherty County since 2002.
The Dougherty County Commission just voted four to two to increase the millage rate by two mils on unincorporated Dougherty County.
This tax is just for the Special Services District and not for the general fund.
Commissioners also approved the 2012 and 2013 county budget.