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January 9, 2013

Commissioners table ‘uncollectible’ tax list

THOMASVILLE — More than $200,000 in unpaid taxes dating back to 1988 came to the attention of the new Thomas County tax commissioner her third day in office.

“Some are real property, and some are personal property,” Tax Commissioner Alicia Hester told county commissioners Tuesday.

The taxes, which total $215,358.80, came to Hester’s attention Friday.

The unpaid taxes presumably have liens filed in the office of the clerk of court, said Bruce Warren, county attorney.

“When they conduct business, that lien is picked up,” Warren explained.

Writing off the taxes does not mean the money will never be collected, but to write off the money would provide a clean slate, he added.

Shirley Prevatt, former tax commissioner, surrendered her ex-officio sheriff status four years ago. Since that time, the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office has collected delinquent taxes.

Commissioner Mark NeSmith wanted to be assured every person on the list has been contacted.

See Thursday's edition for more details.

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