Homestead tax relief restored

ATLANTA – Georgia will find the money for a homeowner tax break after all.

Gov. Sonny Perdue today signed legislation designed to funnel $428 million in state dollars to the homeowner tax relief grant this year. The grant is worth $200 to $300 per household.

An infusion of cash from the federal stimulus package will help pay for the grants.

Officials, including those in Richmond and Columbia counties, had warned that they would have to send out supplemental tax bills without the state money. Even as he signed the bill, Mr. Perdue called the grants “ineffective” in keeping property taxes down.

He also lowered the state’s revenues by $450 million for the current fiscal year. He is ordering state agencies to cut an additional 1 percent from their budgets.

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Savannah River Site resumes normal activity

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the Savannah River National Laboratory which prompted emergency responseactivities.

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