General news and features
By Sharon Troglin
Pickens County Tax Commissioner
State regulations for motor vehicle ad valorem taxes are changing this Friday, March 1.
Currently, motor vehicle owners pay a sales tax at the time of purchase and an annual ad valorem tax on motor vehicles when they renew the vehicle’s tag. However, that will change for any vehicle purchased on or after March 1.
By Pam O’Dell
Liberals and conservatives have allied themselves to fight for significant changes in Georgia’s civil forfeiture law. These laws stipulate the circumstances and procedures required when law enforcement officers and district attorneys confiscate property related to a crime.
“It’s like juggling chainsaws,” Superintendent Ben Desper said of the upcoming FY 2014 budget process for local schools in an interview last week.
With the school board and administration opening the budget process for next year with a finance workshop on February 26th, Superintendent Desper and Chief Financial Officer Amy Burgess said they are looking at the toughest year either has seen “trying to make all the pieces fit,” according to Desper.
Burgess said there is no way they are going to satisfy all parents, students and employees in the face of continued rising costs and falling revenue. This is the first year where parents will likely see firsthand the results of budget cuts when students report for school next year. In fact parents are already seeing this at the high school where the request for an additional soccer coach to handle a high player turn-out was denied.
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From building classrooms to building an orphanage, community shows outpouring
of support for man who helps others
After a week delivering Christmas presents to an orphanage, Jasper Bojangles Manager Derek Key and his father were traveling through the Dominican Republic on their way home to the U.S. when a man driving a scooter without headlights pulled out in front of them.
Even though this dog was rescued from the stuck cheese ball container, it had to be destroyed later due to aggressiveness.
Neighbors around Collins Road north of Jasper were surprised to see a large, male dog with a big jug stuck on his head walking around their streets last week.
City of Jasper Animal Control Officer Lonnie Waters was called in to help county animal control rescue the Rottweiler/Shepherd mix dog whose hunger got him into a mess when he got his head stuck inside a plastic jug that previously housed orange cheese balls.