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Dougherty tax digest shows slight growth

Dougherty County Tax Director Denver Hooten, left, gives the county’s finance committee an update on the tax digest Monday.

Dougherty County Tax Director Denver Hooten, left, gives the county’s finance committee an update on the tax digest Monday.

ALBANY, Ga. — The tax digest of all taxable properties within Dougherty County grew modestly for the first time in three years, tax officials said Monday.

Speaking to the Dougherty County Commission’s finance committee Monday, Tax Director Denver Collins Hooten said that Dougherty County’s $2 billion digest had grown roughly $23.7 million since last year, or 1.17 percent.

The increase is the first uptick in the digest since the recession took hold in 2008.

The largest gains came in the real property portion of the digest, specifically for commercial real property, which increased by $7 million, and in residential real property, which increased by $3.1 million.

“I think it’s partially thanks to manufacturers,” Hooten said. “They’ve really beefed up their inventories and, even though the freeport exemption is 100 percent, I think it’s still an indication that the economy is improving.”

While the numbers appear encouraging, she cautioned commissioners, saying that, at least for the short term, the numbers will remain in flux because of appeals, pending exemptions and changes in values.

“This is a living, breathing document and many of the items here are subject to change,” Hooten said. “Hopefully, they won’t, because growth is a good thing, but a lot things have still yet to be decided.”

currently sits at $2.2 billion. Strip out about $189 million in tax exemptions for things like timber and freeport items and the digest is $2.05 billion.

The digest is vital to the Albany City Commission, County Commission and Dougherty County School Board because it is used in the formula to determine the value of a mill — the taxable unit that determines how much tax is levied on property.

Comments

whattheheck 2 years, 4 months ago

So, is the growth taxable or tax exempt property? Saying the digest increased in total is meaningless without this distinction. In reality, if the digest were properly adjusted to reflect what is really"out there", it would show a tremendous increase--all non-taxable. But since there is no interest in getting and keeping things straight, there won't be such a change to show the true status of the property tax program. But, hey, if DoCo is willing to put up with shortcomings in the Tax Assessor's office, so be it. It is your loss, not mine.

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VSU 2 years, 4 months ago

Once again they give you news, but not the full details.

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dingleberry 2 years, 4 months ago

Someone needs to ask Denver if the increase reflects the new $195,000,000 value of Phoebe's Palmyra hospital property--was on the books at $20,000,000. If that is where much of the increase came from, will Phoebe "show us the money" on this one?

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J.D._Sumner 2 years, 4 months ago

Good God people the meeting is still going on. Come sit with me if you have a problem with my reporting.

And FYI, its net M&o digest. So ALL property. $28 million total increase.

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VSU 2 years, 4 months ago

Sorry J.D. didn't realize the meeting was still going on. Thanks for your work getting it reported.

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dingleberry 2 years, 4 months ago

Well, JD, from where I sit, I can't see where you sit and when you are sitting. Good God, give us the info to put it in perspective, JD !.

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J.D._Sumner 2 years, 4 months ago

I stand corrected. Just asked Denver Hooten and that is taxable property only.

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J.D._Sumner 2 years, 4 months ago

And apparently I couldn't read my handwriting. Final tally is an increase to the digest of $23 million.

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Cartman 2 years, 4 months ago

Anyone who thinks the residential real estate has grown since the last assessment, needs a white cane with a red tip on it. Sounds to me like they are fudging up the number, hoping to hold their ground on the last enormous increased tax assessment, which was just before the real estate market collapse. They might be hoping that we just forget the last super-assessment and just be grateful for a small increase. However, that last assessment was so skewed from reality that it spawned a tax-protest group. Oh well. Thanks, J.D.

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dingleberry 2 years, 4 months ago

A $23 million increase in the assessment, if really taxable, produces $361,091 to be split between the three taxing entities. Big whoop--about half of it will go to the BOE. The increase attributed to residential would be around $49,000--again split. Is this something to be "touted"?

If residential and commercial totaled about $10 million, the tax would be about $157,000. Is the rest of the difference of about $200,000 the amount that will be "freeport exempted"--manufacturers inventory?

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whattheheck 2 years, 4 months ago

What would be interesting is how much of the increase is low rent housing that came on line. Wish we had a list of the properties involved. Go JD!

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Bubbavet_rureel 2 years, 4 months ago

Great, people are coming back to Albany - The Good life City!!

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