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Quick Facts
2004 Population
10,583
2006 Job Tax Credit Tier
1
2005 Tax Millage Rate
25.44
Legal Organ
The News Reporter
Form of Government
Traditional Commission
Service Delivery Region
Region 7
Congressional and Legislative Districts





  • Wilkes County collected $6.0 million in total revenues in 2000. In 2004, the county received $7.3 million, an increase of 21.1%. Total revenue in 2004 equaled $681 per capita. The statewide revenue per capita for this same year was $736.
  • From 2000 to 2004, own source revenues for Wilkes County rose from $5.7 million to $6.7 million, an increase of 18.8%. Own source revenues include revenues from property taxes, sales taxes, and excise and special use taxes. Per capita own source revenues amounted to $630 in 2004. This compares to a statewide per capita amount of $631.
  • The county collected an average of $201 per capita in property taxes during the past five years. This amount was less than the average of $217 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 37.0% of the county's own source revenue during the period of 2000 to 2004.
  • General operating expenditures for Wilkes County in 2000 equaled $4.3 million, or $401 per capita. By 2004, general operating expenditures increased by 33.4% to $5.7 million, or $535 per capita. General operating expenditures per capita for counties with similarly-sized populations was $505 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, Wilkes County spent $1.4 million or 22.1% of total county spending on public safety which includes law enforcement, fire services and jails. Expenditures for administration totaled $612,780, amounting to 9.9% of total expenditures. The county expended $1.2 million or 18.9% of total expenditures on health and human services.
  • From 2000 to 2004, Wilkes County had an average of $2.5 million in long-term debt outstanding, resulting in an average per capita debt of $235. This amount was greater than the $118 per capita average of counties with similarly-sized populations.
      

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