The Effingham County Board of Commissioners announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy on behalf of the Effingham County Hospital Authority this year by 7.90 percent over the rollback millage rate. The current millage rate for the Hospital Authority is 1.977, the rollback millage rate is 2.178, and the proposed millage is 2.35.
Ogeechee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard Mallard is touting his 12 years' experience as DA in his bid for re-election, while challenger Martha Kirkland Hall believes her range of experience in the courtroom should earn her the position.
The two Republicans vying to serve Effingham County in the state House of Representatives District 161 seat shared differing views Thursday on how to stimulate the economy, whether the state should legalize gambling and the merits of Georgia's proposed special purpose local option sales tax for transportation (T-SPLOST).
Asked during Thursday's candidate forum if they would support cutting county commissioners' pay to help balance Effingham County's budget, two candidates for commission chairman at-large said they would be on board with such a step.
Effingham County has no shortage of people looking for work, as evidenced by the county's 8 percent unemployment rate. Many others are struggling to make ends meet with a job that does not pay well or lacks health benefits.