More than a Million Dollars Owed in Back Property Taxes

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Thomasville, GA -- June 13, 2011 --

$1,074,000

That's the amount of back taxes owed by Thomas County residents for 2010.

Deputies say more than 1,800 individual homes and businesses are delinquent which is causing a shortfall in the county's budget.

"We're not a revenue-generating county. We don't have a company to generate money for our infrastructure," says Thomas County Sheriff's Captain Steve Jones.

Deputies say property taxes help fund all government services provided to the community, but residents say tough economic times are causing them to push delinquent taxes to the side.

"Gas prices are high, utilities are high, food is high. People are just compensating on where they feel their best needs are," says Thomasville resident James Green.

Deputies say more than 1,800 letters have been mailed out to those who owe property taxes for the 2010 year.

County tax collectors say more than $10,000 have been collected this week alone, but, if outstanding taxes are not paid by July 1, more fees will be added.

Those properties still connected to outstanding taxes will be auctioned off later this year.

Deputies say property taxes can be paid at the sheriff's office.


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  • by Amanda Location: Thomas County, GA on Jun 14, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    A few years ago Thomas Co. more that double their school tax rates. The next year they came out and said we are going to lower the taxes. What they didn't say was that they were going to double the property values from what they were actually appraised for. So no, the residents can not afford to pay their property taxes. Also did you know that most Thomas Co. plantations pay about $1.00 per acre??? While I pay $252.40 per acre.....
  • by lee Location: tville on Jun 14, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    maybe they can get all the illegal mexicans that are taking jobs from americans to pay up and make up the difference......
  • by GA Resident on Jun 14, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    Maybe if the Homestead Exemption was reinstated we would be able to afford to pay our property taxes! The Georgia Legislature messed up with that decision, didn't they?
  • by OVER TAXED AMERICAN Location: ga. on Jun 13, 2011 at 03:44 PM
    POOR THINGS.BETTER GIVE THE LEACHES THEIR MONEY. ROB A BANK OR SOMETHING. BECOME A HIRED ASSAIANT JUST GET THEM THEIR MONEY SO THE COUNTY EMPLOYEES WONT HAVE TO TAKE A PAY CUT. SO THEY WONT HAVE TO THROW YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN OUT ON THE STREET TO STARVE.WHY DO COUNTY SPEND EVERY PENNEY THEY GET THEIR HANDS ON? WHY COULDN'T ALL THESE YEARS THEY COULD HAVE BEEN SAVEING A LITTLE FOR A RAINY DAY?
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