Some residents in Savannah's Chatham County could face four property tax rate hikes starting next month. The county commission, public transit board and school board are all scheduled to vote on double-digit millage rate increases. Residents outside city limits also could face a tax increase of their own.
More than a dozen Savannah-area homeowners are appealing their property tax assessments. They say their waterfront properties are worth less than their assessed values. That's because of Georgia's strong protections for coastal marshes.
Chatham County officials are recommending an increase in property taxes for a bigger jail budget. Sheriff Al St. Lawrence says he'd like to hire 52 new jail staffers to ease inmate overcrowding. Commission chairman Al Scott is pushing back against the proposal.
The Chatham County Commission has scheduled a public hearing Monday on its budget for fiscal year 2014. Commissioners are expected to discuss a possible increase in the millage rate, which would result in higher property taxes across the county. One major reason a tax hike may be necessary is a need for extra staff at the county jail.
Forecasters say the Ogeechee River remained above flood level in coastal Georgia, but was expected to begin receding Monday afternoon. The water level was at 13.64 feet early Sunday afternoon. Flood stage is 9 feet.
Chatham County and its seven municipalities are going to court today to argue over how to split more than $500 million worth of tax revenue. Negotiations broke down last year over how the divide local option sales taxes - known as the LOST. Now it'll be up to a judge to decide a case that will affect property taxes and local budgets.
Savannah's iconic Eugene Talmadge Bridge won't be getting a new name this year. State lawmakers are dropping a plan to rename the bridge that towers over Savannah. The span's moniker has been contentious for decades.
State courts in Chatham County are facing the possibility of continued over crowding and trial delays. The county purchased a new building to help ease the situation. But funding for renovations has run out.