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Quick Facts
2004 Population
3,317
2006 Job Tax Credit Tier
1
2005 Tax Millage Rate
30.08
Legal Organ
The Cuthbert Southern Tribune
Form of Government
Commission-Administrator
Service Delivery Region
Region 8
Congressional and Legislative Districts





  • Clay County collected $2.1 million in total revenues in 2000. In 2004, the county received $2.7 million, an increase of 31.6%. Total revenue in 2004 equaled $825 per capita. The statewide revenue per capita for this same year was $736.
  • From 2000 to 2004, own source revenues for Clay County rose from $1.9 million to $2.5 million, an increase of 26.9%. Own source revenues include revenues from property taxes, sales taxes, and excise and special use taxes. Per capita own source revenues amounted to $739 in 2004. This compares to a statewide per capita amount of $631.
  • The county collected an average of $343 per capita in property taxes during the past five years. This amount was greater than the average of $249 per capita collected by counties with similarly-sized populations. For the same period, the average per capita amount of county property tax collected in Georgia was $288. On average, property taxes accounted for 49.0% of the county's own source revenue during the period of 2000 to 2004.
  • General operating expenditures for Clay County in 2000 equaled $1.8 million, or $537 per capita. By 2004, general operating expenditures increased by 38.7% to $2.5 million, or $745 per capita. General operating expenditures per capita for counties with similarly-sized populations was $485 in 2004. The statewide average was $626 per capita during the same period.
  • Historically, the top three expenditure categories for counties are public safety, administration, and health and human services. In 2004, Clay County spent $349,111 or 10.2% of total county spending on public safety which includes law enforcement, fire services and jails. Expenditures for administration totaled $533,623, amounting to 15.5% of total expenditures. The county expended $637,657 or 18.6% of total expenditures on health and human services.
  • From 2000 to 2004, Clay County had an average of $41,000 in long-term debt outstanding, resulting in an average per capita debt of $12. This amount was less than the $134 per capita average of counties with similarly-sized populations.
      

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