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Quick Facts
2004 Population
61,748
2006 Job Tax Credit Tier
1
2005 Tax Millage Rate
33.48
Legal Organ
The Coastal Courier
Form of Government
Commission-Administrator
Service Delivery Region
Region 12
Congressional and Legislative Districts





  • Liberty County collected $23.1 million in total revenues in 2000. In 2004, the county received $29.5 million, an increase of 27.7%. Total revenue in 2004 equaled $493 per capita. The statewide revenue per capita for this same year was $736.
  • From 2000 to 2004, own source revenues for Liberty County rose from $20.0 million to $24.1 million, an increase of 20.6%. Own source revenues include revenues from property taxes, sales taxes, and excise and special use taxes. Per capita own source revenues amounted to $403 in 2004. This compares to a statewide per capita amount of $631.
  • The county collected an average of $133 per capita in property taxes during the past five years. This amount was less than the average of $213 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 Liberty County in 2000 equaled $14.3 million, or $233 per capita. By 2004, general operating expenditures increased by 40.8% to $20.2 million, or $328 per capita. General operating expenditures per capita for counties with similarly-sized populations was $568 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, Liberty County spent $5.4 million or 19.4% of total county spending on public safety which includes law enforcement, fire services and jails. Expenditures for administration totaled $4.1 million, amounting to 14.5% of total expenditures. The county expended $3.4 million or 12.3% of total expenditures on health and human services.
  • From 2000 to 2004, Liberty County had an average of $3.6 million in long-term debt outstanding, resulting in an average per capita debt of $59. This amount was less than the $497 per capita average of counties with similarly-sized populations.
      

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