Worth County $1.1 Million in debt - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Worth County $1.1 Million in debt

Posted: Updated:
Worth County Courthouse Worth County Courthouse
Worth County Commissioners at Tuesday's meeting Worth County Commissioners at Tuesday's meeting
Tabetha Dupriest, Worth County Tax Commissioner Tabetha Dupriest, Worth County Tax Commissioner
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Vandals target Habitat for Humanity

    Vandals target Habitat for Humanity

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:57 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:57:21 GMT
    Vandals hit Albany Habitat homes.More >>
    Vandals hit Albany Habitat homes.More >>
  • Poor fire protection leads to skyrocketing insurance costs

    Poor fire protection leads to skyrocketing insurance costs

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:54 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:54:39 GMT
    Some Worth County homeowners are seeing steep increases in their insurance premiums because of poor fire protection.More >>
    Some Worth County homeowners are seeing steep increases in their insurance premiums because of poor fire protection.More >>
  • Carpenter Rd. construction in Tifton starts this week

    Carpenter Rd. construction in Tifton starts this week

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:29 PM EDT2014-07-30 03:29:29 GMT
    Work is now underway to widen about two, and half miles of Carpenter Road in Tifton.When construction is complete, there will be two lanes of traffic in each direction, plus a center turn lane with curbs and gutters on both sides of the road.Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route.The work is expected to be complete in October.Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.More >>
    Work is now underway to widen about two, and half miles of Carpenter Road in Tifton.When construction is complete, there will be two lanes of traffic in each direction, plus a center turn lane with curbs and gutters on both sides of the road.Drivers are encouraged to use an alternate route.The work is expected to be complete in October.Copyright 2014 WALB. All rights reserved.More >>
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

The person in charge of collecting taxes in Worth County says she sees no way for the county to dig out of a financial hole without raising taxes.

Right now the county is $1.1 Million in debt after taking out two loans over the last few months to make ends meet.

County commissioners decreased the property tax rate in 2009.   The Tax Commissioner says since then, the county has lost out on $3.4 Million in potential tax revenue and has depended on tax anticipation notes to borrow money ever since.

"Am I for a tax increase?  Absolutely not, nobody is.  I'm a tax payer as well as a tax commissioner," said Tabetha Dupriest, Worth County Tax Commissioner.  "But as the cost of fuel goes up, your medical insurance premiums go up.  Everything goes up, and with that inflation the county has those increased bills as well, so we've gotta make up the difference somewhere." 

Dupriest said tax increases are inevitable for the county to sustain itself, but commissioners said they don't plan to raise taxes.  

 

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.