By: By Allen Worrell Editor
August 23, 2013
As part of its ongoing effort to collect approximately $1.8 million in delinquent real estate taxes, the Carroll County Board of Supervisors will publish a list of delinquent taxes in upcoming editions of local newspapers.
During the board’s July 8 meeting, Supervisor Sam Dickson recalled that the county has asked for a list of delinquent taxes, which was delivered by Treasurer Bonita Williams sometime prior to the meeting. At the same meeting, County Attorney Jim Cornwell said he had collected approximately $275,000 in delinquent real estate taxes. In total, Dickson told The Carroll News the county was going after about $1.8 million in delinquent real estate taxes.
During the supervisors’ Aug. 12 meeting, Laurel Fork District Supervisor Joshua Hendrick asked if the next step would be to publish a list of delinquent taxes in local newspapers. Cornwell said state code does allow boards of supervisors to publish such lists in newspapers.
“What I suggest is that the board check back with the treasurer, see if any of the people on the list she provided has in fact paid, then advertise the list in the newspaper to give the people once again an opportunity to come forward and pay,” Cornwell said. “I suggest you might want to give them 30 days after the advertisement to pay.”
Those 30 days would give people a little more time to pay before attorney’s fees are tacked on, Cornwell said.
“So my recommendation to you is to ask the treasurer to give you a list of anybody who has paid, anybody on the list she has gave you that has paid, take them out, advertise the rest and then go ahead and authorize me to begin proceeding with anyone on the list who hasn’t paid after 30 days from the day of advertisement,” Cornwell said.
Hendrick then made Cornwell’s suggestion into a motion, which Supervisor Phil McCraw seconded. The motion passed by a unanimous vote.