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Quick Facts
2004 Population
44,661
2006 Job Tax Credit Tier
4
2005 Tax Millage Rate
30.55
Legal Organ
The Effingham Herald
Form of Government
Commission-Administrator
Service Delivery Region
Region 12
Congressional and Legislative Districts





  • Effingham County collected $18.6 million in total revenues in 2000. In 2004, the county received $26.8 million, an increase of 43.8%. Total revenue in 2004 equaled $625 per capita. The statewide revenue per capita for this same year was $736.
  • From 2000 to 2004, own source revenues for Effingham County rose from $17.1 million to $23.7 million, an increase of 38.8%. Own source revenues include revenues from property taxes, sales taxes, and excise and special use taxes. Per capita own source revenues amounted to $554 in 2004. This compares to a statewide per capita amount of $631.
  • The county collected an average of $196 per capita in property taxes during the past five years. This amount was less 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 Effingham County in 2000 equaled $14.1 million, or $377 per capita. By 2004, general operating expenditures increased by 37.3% to $19.4 million, or $517 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, Effingham County spent $7.1 million or 32.1% of total county spending on public safety which includes law enforcement, fire services and jails. Expenditures for administration totaled $2.9 million, amounting to 13.3% of total expenditures. The county expended $2.5 million or 11.2% of total expenditures on health and human services.
  • From 2000 to 2004, Effingham County had an average of $5.0 million in long-term debt outstanding, resulting in an average per capita debt of $122. This amount was less than the $191 per capita average of counties with similarly-sized populations.
      

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