Greg Hobbs

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THOMASVILLE — Thomasville’s suspended mayor owes more than $10,000 in 2018 city school and county property taxes, according to records in the two governing entities.

As of Thursday, Greg Hobbs owed $6,614.78 in Thomasville City School System property taxes, interest and penalties. School taxes were due Dec. 20, 2018.

Thomas County property taxes were due Nov. 15, said Tax Commissioner Alicia Hester. On Thursday, Hobbs owed $4,085 in county property taxes, interest and penalties.

Past-due city and county taxes total $10,700.09.

The City of Thomasville does not levy property taxes.

After the 15th of each month county property taxes are not paid, a 6.2 percent interest charge is added.

A penalty of 5 percent is charged for each 120-day increment past the due date, Hester said.

City tax information — obtained in an open records request — shows Hobbs owes taxes on property on Walcott, Alexander, McKinley, Culpepper and Harris streets and on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

County tax records show Hobbs owes taxes on the same property, in addition to Forrest Street.

Taxes on some Hobbs property were paid by mortgage companies, Hester said.

Most delinquent taxes are paid with income tax refunds, she said.

“A lot of people do that,” Hester added.

Hobbs did not respond to a request for a comment on past-due 2018 taxes.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp suspended Hobbs from Thomasville City Council after Hobbs was indicted in February on five city-related criminal charges. The case is pending.

In early 2018, Hobbs owed $22,000 in unpaid property taxes from 2015, 2016 and 2017. He said he apparently overlooked paying the taxes.

Thomasville City Council elects a mayor from among council members every two years. Hobbs was in the second year of his second mayoral term when he was suspended.

City council accepted applications from residents interested in filling Hobbs’ council seat until the criminal case is concluded. Cheryl Presha was chosen to fill the post on a temporary basis.

Mayor Pro Tem Terry Scott has assumed the mayoral duties.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400. 1820.

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