Agriculture as part of the state’s economy is likely to show slight increases for 2017, according to the forecast by the University of Georgia Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.
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Madison County commissioners are considering a tax break for elderly property owners.
The issue will likely go before voters in a 2018 referendum.
Tax commissioner Lamar Dalton appeared before the BOC Jan. 30 to request that the BOC appoint a committee to study the proposed break. The group agreed to have new District 1 commissioner Lee Allen serve on that committee. Other members have yet to be named. The group will start meeting in March, Dalton said.
Dalton recently told the board that he frequently hears from people without kids who want to be exempted from paying school taxes. Dalton says he sees no way to offset the loss of revenue for the county that such a move would entail, especially as the county has annually run a budget deficit over $1 million in recent years.
However, he said he would like to see the oldest residents, perhaps those 80 or over, in the county get a tax exemption. He has estimated 500 to 525 county taxpaying residents over 80 with an estimated $60 loss in county revenue per person. But he said the impact of such an action needs further study.
A Vernon woman was sentenced in Madison County Superior Court last week to 15 years probation for vehicular homicide.
Danielle Jennings wrecked a 2001 Nissan Quest on Old Wildcat Bridge Road March 25, 2015 and killed her husband, Donald Bruce Jennings. Both were 32 at the time of the accident. Two children were in the car but weren’t injured. Jennings, who had three prior felonies and multiple DUIs, was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the accident. The car ran off the road, struck several small trees and a wooden fencepost and metal gate. The vehicle then vaulted into the air and struck a tree with the passenger side door area and roof before it came to rest after striking several more small trees.
Jennings pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle and the district attorney’s office sought a five-year prison sentence. Judge Chris Phelps sentenced her to a total of 15 years probation, a stay in rehab, over $7,000 in fines and 700 hours of community service. She received credit for time served in jail from March 25 to June 2, 2015. She pleaded guilty to DUI, DUI under a controlled substance, reckless driving, two counts of endangering a child while DUI and failure to maintain lane.
Jennings’ prior felony convictions were possession of methamphetamine out of Paulding County in 2006, possession of methamphetamine out of Cobb County in 2007, and possession of a schedule IV controlled substance out of Hall County in 2011. Her prior DUI convictions are from 2000 out of Paulding County and 2007 out of Douglas County. [Full Story »]