Squawk of the Day - April 27, 2013

Good article by Carlton on the zoning denial. Albany has a bad history of decision making, and like the developer said, we will most likely see this as a missed opportunity to develop the tax base because of a vocal few. I wonder what their true objection was?

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erock 2 years, 7 months ago

Their true objection was to protect their children, investments, property, and possessions, from the baby daddies who are drawn to these sorts of developments like a moth to a flame. Judging from the decision by the city, they apparently made a durn good case.


Abytaxpayer 2 years, 7 months ago

Note... Those "Vocal FEW" ARE the tax base of Albany! Get a grip on reality.......... Albany's TAX BASE is N. W. Albany...Want to increase the tax base?......... Try educating the Locals so they are attractive to businesses besides Wal-Mart. Disposable income attracts businesses NOT Disposable kids.


whattheheck 2 years, 7 months ago

The tax base is in such dire straits that this project would have been less than a drop in the bucket. DoCo's real problem is tax exempt property which is shown as 24% of all property. In reality, it is over 50% of all property--more is non-taxed than taxed. The true situation, however, will never see light of day in the media who seem content to hide your heads in their sand.

Look at the tax assessor's records on the internet. As a few of literally hundreds of examples, every tax exempt building in the 200 block of Pine is missing a value on the assessor's records, including 240 Pine where the assessor's office is located.

While these buildings would never be taxed, the exclusion of such values in the entire digest easily totals more than $500 million, in my estimation. Such exclusion "masks" the true problem--we have reached the point where an alternative source of revenue needs to be examined and discussed.

Missed opportunity for taxation? Sure, but even a larger "miss" is how the Board of Tax Assessors grants an exemption to properties bought by the Hospital Authority and turned over to Phoebe. How many formerly tax paying medical practices have been removed from the tax rolls as Phoebe marches on?

I am delighted to see tax-paying citizens who are supporting the operation of the city, county, and schools win one for the Gipper. In my estimation, the "true objection" was to protect a diminishing quality of life that has been earned and paid for over a long period of years. It's time to find a way to get folks to stay in Albany and this is a small price to pay!


waltspecht 2 years, 7 months ago

I know about the seperation of Church and State, but that shouldn't count when it comes to property tax. For now the part of the upkeep for these properties that should be covered by taxes is shifted to the other taxed landowners. Isn't that in essence supporting the Church with Taxpayer funding? Are they denied services from the government in the area, or is this service provided free? If they do not pay for Fire and Police protection through taxes, are they entitled to it? I for one know of several so called Churches in Lee County I wouldn't support if I had the decision to make on my own. However we have allowed this cost to be shifted to the property owners, and we support Churches and Religion we do not wish to support. I wonder how many Bostonians are aware they are supporting that radical Mosque through Property tax exemtion, and how many would approve?


whattheheck 2 years, 7 months ago

GA law provides the basis for the exemption, the BOTA decides how to apply the exemption which is basically for the "sanctuary". Perhaps the BOTA is too lenient in parts of its interpretations. But if you will look at some of the "megas" in the assessor's internet records, you will see some holdings are actually taxed.

One of the problems with "scam" churches is that IRS gives them a non-profit status as a religious entity. Then, the BOTA has little leeway to work with. If churches are to be taxed, the change will have to be in State law, well beyond control of the BOTA and a sure "third rail" for all politicians.


VSU 2 years, 7 months ago

There is a big lot for sale on South Westover Blackshear could buy to build his apartment complexes.


daisymae 2 years, 7 months ago

They could keep the Baby daddies out by not letting the complex be Section 8 Housing, Grapha or any other Free Rent complex. I moved out of Albany to get away from the baby daddy dope dealers, sitting in the parking lot smoking dope neighbors. Been gone 4 years, when I left I was 50 year old woman whose brother (lived two doors down) had to watch for her to come in at night to make sure I was not mugged. When the city takes all the "free" rent away then maybe Albany will get cleaned up.


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