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2004 Population
2006 Job Tax Credit Tier
2005 Tax Millage Rate
Legal Organ
The Bainbridge Post Searchlight
Form of Government
Service Delivery Region
Region 10
Congressional and Legislative Districts

  • Decatur County collected $19.0 million in total revenues in 2000. In 2004, the county received $17.9 million, a decrease of 5.8%. Total revenue in 2004 equaled $630 per capita. The statewide revenue per capita for this same year was $736.
  • From 2000 to 2004, own source revenues for Decatur County declined from $15.4 million to $15.4 million, a decrease of 0.2%. Own source revenues include revenues from property taxes, sales taxes, and excise and special use taxes. Per capita own source revenues amounted to $542 in 2004. This compares to a statewide per capita amount of $631.
  • The county collected an average of $212 per capita in property taxes during the past five years. This amount was greater than the average of $198 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 39.0% of the county's own source revenue during the period of 2000 to 2004.
  • General operating expenditures for Decatur County in 2000 equaled $9.6 million, or $338 per capita. By 2004, general operating expenditures increased by 33.3% to $12.7 million, or $451 per capita. General operating expenditures per capita for counties with similarly-sized populations was $489 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, Decatur County spent $5.8 million or 41.7% of total county spending on public safety which includes law enforcement, fire services and jails. Expenditures for administration totaled $1.6 million, amounting to 11.2% of total expenditures. The county expended $749,261 or 5.4% of total expenditures on health and human services.
  • From 2000 to 2004, Decatur County had an average of $1.4 million in long-term debt outstanding, resulting in an average per capita debt of $49. This amount was less than the $191 per capita average of counties with similarly-sized populations.

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