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Quick Facts
2004 Population
38,978
2006 Job Tax Credit Tier
3
2005 Tax Millage Rate
23.37
Legal Organ
The Northeast Georgian
Form of Government
Commission-Administrator
Service Delivery Region
Region 2
Congressional and Legislative Districts





  • Habersham County collected $15.1 million in total revenues in 2000. In 2004, the county received $22.4 million, an increase of 48.9%. Total revenue in 2004 equaled $582 per capita. The statewide revenue per capita for this same year was $736.
  • From 2000 to 2004, own source revenues for Habersham County rose from $14.7 million to $21.6 million, an increase of 47.1%. Own source revenues include revenues from property taxes, sales taxes, and excise and special use taxes. Per capita own source revenues amounted to $560 in 2004. This compares to a statewide per capita amount of $631.
  • The county collected an average of $223 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 54.0% of the county's own source revenue during the period of 2000 to 2004.
  • General operating expenditures for Habersham County in 2000 equaled $9.6 million, or $266 per capita. By 2004, general operating expenditures increased by 49.2% to $14.3 million, or $397 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, Habersham County spent $3.3 million or 17.6% of total county spending on public safety which includes law enforcement, fire services and jails. Expenditures for administration totaled $2.3 million, amounting to 12.0% of total expenditures. The county expended $1.3 million or 7.0% of total expenditures on health and human services.
  • From 2000 to 2004, Habersham County had an average of $798,000 in long-term debt outstanding, resulting in an average per capita debt of $21. This amount was less than the $191 per capita average of counties with similarly-sized populations.
      

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