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Ben Hill County, Georgia

Located 178 miles southeast of Atlanta.

Locations and Resources
Manufacturers in Ben Hill County
 Available Industrial Buildings
International Companies
Ben Hill County Information - Georgia.gov
Community Affairs - Ben Hill Snapshot (PDF)
Ben Hill County Labor Profiles (PDF)


  Population
Latest data available  
YearCountyGA (millions)U.S. (millions)
201117,6739.8311
201017,6449.7309
200917,5679.8307

  Per Capita Income
YearCountyGAU.S.
2011$26,606$35,979$41,560
2010$25,810$34,531$39,791
2009$25,525$33,887$38,637

  Education
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: 5 county public schools with teachers, students in 2011; 1 private school with students in 2013. 1 county public school with 75 teachers and 1,219 students in 1989.
HIGHER EDUCATION:
Technical College: Wiregrass Georgia Technical College at Fitzgerald (local) with 1,335 students.

2-yr: Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at Tifton (23 miles) with 3,233 students.

4-yr: Valdosta State University at Valdosta (56 miles) with 12,515 students.

Brewton-Parker College offers credit courses at Fitzgerald 4 nights a week for a 2-year degree.

  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
Fitzgerald   2009   $15.74   $11.74
SALES: City and county have 3% local sales tax in addition to the 4% state sales tax.

  Incentives/Exemptions
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.
Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County exempt 100% on all classes of certain business inventory from property taxation.
JOB TAX CREDIT: Tier: 1, Amount: $4,000 as of 2013
Tier refers to the economic well-being of a county. For more information go to http://www.dca.state.ga.us/economic/TaxCredits/programs/taxcredit.asp

JOINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: Yes

  Municipal Services
FIRE PROTECTION: 21 full-time personnel. Protection outside city limits by county volunteer fire department. Fire insurance classification 4 in city.
ZONING: City and county have zoning ordinance and subdivision design standards. Joint city/county planning commission.

  Transportation
COMMERCIAL AIRPORT: Albany Airport (64 miles) service by ASA.

GENERAL AVIATION AIRPORT: Albany Airport (64 miles) with a 6,600 feet asphalt runway, aircraft tiedown, hangar, lighted runway, VOR, ILS, NDB, airframe & power plant repair. Additional 5,100' wind runway. 5 air cargo companies serve the airport, including UPS's Boeing 757 "mini-hub" jet service; Fitzgerald Airport (local) with a 5,000 feet bituminous runway, aircraft tiedown, airframe & power plant repair, hangar, lighted runway, NDB, jet fuel.
RAIL: CSX piggyback - Cordele (48 miles); CSX rail - Fitzgerald (local).
WATER:
Navigable River: Flint River (9 foot channel depth) with public barge dock at Bainbridge (100 miles).
Seaport: Brunswick Seaport (118 miles) with maintained channel depth of 32 feet.

  Utilities
ELECTRICITY: A part of Georgia's modern integrated electrical transmission system, Ben Hill 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.
Local utitility commission purchases power from MEAG and serves Fitzgerald through two 22,000 KVA substations supplied from a 115,000 volt transmission network. Alternate suppliers: Georgia Power & Irwin EMC. If demand exceeds 900kw, any supplier can step in and offer service.
WATER: Plant capacity: 8.9 million gal/day. Consumption: 3.0 million gal/day average, 3.5 million gal/day maximum. Storage capacity: 1.0 million gal. elevated, 1.5 million gal. ground.Pumping capacity: 6,200 gal/min.
SEWER: Plant Capacity: 2,300,000 gal/day; Plant Load: 1,100,000 gal/day; Secondary treatment plant. Present excess capacity : 1.2 million gal.