A settlement was reached recently in the lawsuit between Clerk and Master Dorothy Stanton and Overton County Executive Ron Cyrus, and now Cyrus is asking for clarification regarding the settlement.
As previously reported in the Enterprise, a settlement was reached between both parties to hire an additional employee for the Clerk and Master’s office. In the settlement, Stanton agreed that once hired, the fourth employee will immediately conduct delinquent tax sales “in a timely manner,” as stated in the terms, and delinquent taxes from 2009 through 2011 will be brought current and sold at a tax sale by June 30, 2013. And that tax sales will be performed yearly and no later than the close of the county’s fiscal year and all collectable delinquent taxes of previous years will be brought current with the year’s taxes by June 30, 2014.
However, Cyrus is asking what has happened to delinquent taxes back to 2002.
“Had the taxes been collected all along, there may not have been a need for a property tax increase last year, or at least not as big of a need,” Cyrus said.
“This is what concerns me,” he said. “We’ve got 43 percent of the taxpayers in Overton County paying 100 percent basically of the freight…it doesn’t seem fair to me to see that happen. I believe everybody ought to pay their fair share of tax, but I don’t believe 43 percent of the people should be expected to pay for everybody.”
Cyrus has directed county attorney Daryl Colson to send a letter to determine the nature of the delinquent taxes back to 2002.
This website is powered by Web Advertising, Inc. For more information on how we can provide your business or organization with a professional website, please Click Here.