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Monroe County, Georgia

Located 64 miles south of Atlanta.

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  Per Capita Income

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: 6 county public schools with teachers, students in 2011; 3 private schools with students in 2013.
Technical College: Central Georgia Technical College at Roberta (21 miles) with 63 students; Southern Crescent Technical College at Thomaston (31 miles) with 1,708 students.

2-yr: Gordon State College at Barnesville (15 miles) with 4,171 students.

4-yr: Middle Georgia State College at Macon (local) with 8,884 students; Wesleyan College at Macon (22 miles) with 600 students; Mercer University at Macon (24 miles) with 8,200 students.

Quick Start Industrial Training Program at Macon Tech offers pre-hire training tailored to the needs of new and expanding industry.

  Local Taxes
PROPERTY: Property taxes are determined by tax rates and assessment ratios which vary by location and state. A realistic method to compare property taxes from different locations is to use the ‘effective tax rate’. Effective tax rates combine city, county, school, and state tax rates into one convenient figure – the annual tax for each $1,000 of property at its fair market value. This rate applies to all property – land, buildings, equipment and inventory. Certain property is exempt from local property tax.
Effective Rates:
City   Year   Within City   Outside City
Forsyth   2009   $11.65   $9.35
SALES: City and county have 3% local sales tax in addition to the 4% state sales tax.

INVENTORY (Freeport): Freeport is the general term used for the exemption of ad valorem tax on inventories as defined by Georgia law. The law offers manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and warehouse operations an attractive inventory tax exemption on three classes of property.
Forsyth exempts 100% on all classes of certain business inventory from property taxation . Monroe County exempts 100% on classes 2 and 3.
JOB TAX CREDIT: Tier: 4, Amount: $1,250 as of 2013
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  Municipal Services
FIRE PROTECTION: 6 full-time personnel, 10 volunteers and 3 vehicles in Forsyth. Fire insurance classification 6. County protection outside city limits, 20 full-time firefighters and 64 volunteers with 13 fire stations and 15 vehicles. Fire insurance classification 6 in city and county. Fire protection augmented by nearby State Public Safety Training Center.
ZONING: City and county have zoning ordinances.

COMMERCIAL AIRPORT: Atlanta Airport (64 miles) service by Aeromexico, Air Canada, Air France, AirTran, America West, American, ASA, British Airways, Continental, Comair, Corporate, Delta, Frontier, Hooters, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Midwest, Northwest, South African, United, US Airways. Home of Phoenix Air Group, an international light jet transport service; Middle Georgia Regional Airport (24 miles) service by ASA.

GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORT: Atlanta Airport (64 miles) with a 11,889 feet Bituminous runway, aircraft tiedown, airframe & power plant repair, hangar, lighted runway, VOR, ILS, NDB, 24-hour manned control tower; Middle Georgia Regional Airport (24 miles) with a 6,500 feet bituminous runway, is a full service general aviation airport with two lighted runways 6,501 ft. and 5,000 ft. Lowe Aviation operates the FBO at MGRA. The Downtown Airport is a general aviation airport with two runways, 4,696 ft. and 3,614 ft.
RAIL: Norfolk Southern piggyback - Macon (24 miles); Norfolk Southern rail - Forsyth (local).
Navigable River: Chattahoochee River (9 foot channel depth) with public barge dock at Columbus (91 miles).
Seaport: Savannah Seaport (202 miles) with maintained channel depth of 42 feet.

ELECTRICITY: A part of Georgia's modern integrated electrical transmission system, Monroe County has excellent ability to supply industrial demands. Compared to 47% for the U.S., coal accounts for 84% of fuel used by the state's power generating plants. This assures long-term continuity. If demand exceeds 900kw, any supplier can step in and offer service.
NATURAL GAS: Available in industrial quantities on both a firm and an interruptible basis.
WATER: Plant capacity: 2,500,000 gal/day. Consumption: 1,200,000 gal/day average. Elevated storage capacity: 500,000 gal. Source: Rocky Creek, Tobesofkee River. 117-acre reservoir.
SEWER: Plant Capacity: 1,350,000 gal/day; Plant Load: 1,050,000 gal/day; Secondary treatment plant. Older plant (not presently in use) has capacity of 330,000 gal/day and can be expanded to 800,000 gal/day.

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