Thomasville, GA -- June 13, 2011 --
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.