South Georgia Residents are Urged to Pay Backed Property Taxes

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

According to deputies, more than nine-hundred properties remain delinquent from 2010 and more than six-hundred properties are delinquent from 2009.

Deputies say there are some delinquent properties from 2008 and they are dealing with those first.

Deputies say deliquent accounts will be charged an additional two-hundred dollar service fee and a one percent interest per month on the tax amount due.

"Unfortunately when it comes down to sell date and they have not paid then we auction off the properties," said Thomas County Sheriff Public Information Officer Steve Jones.

The Thomas County public information officer says those who owe property taxes from 2010 still have a chance to avoid service fees.


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  • by HMA on Jan 25, 2011 at 06:36 AM
    Instead of "Most of the folks that have taken advantage of this", I should have said "The folks who have saved the most money". I too know quite a few landowners who have taken advantage of this who I don't consider to be rich, myself included. My intended point was that this program has caused property taxes to increase for those on the bottom and decrease for those with on the top, while doing very little for the environment, (it has helped those in the middle as well). I personally know a person who is worth approximately $40 mil. He owns approximately $15 mil. of rural property that produces approximately $400,000 per yr. This program saved him approximately $50,000 last year.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 at 03:44 PM
    Hma lucky for us who have taken advantage of the Conservation Covenant, most of our legislators have too.
  • by me Location: the woods on Jan 24, 2011 at 03:42 PM
    HMA, would you rather that we could not afford to pay our property taxes and our "plantations" were taken from us and turned into trailer parks? Most of the landowners I know take advantage of this program and NONE of them are rich. It just allows us to keep our land without having to clear cut it to pay the taxes.
  • by HMA on Jan 24, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    The really bad part of this: In 1991 the Ga. legislature enacted the "Conservation Covenenant" program. This allows owners of 25 acre and larger tracts to enter into an agreement to not subdivide or develop their land and in return recieve an approximate 60% reduction in property taxes. Sounds great the environment, right... Most of the folks that have taken advantage of this are wealthy owners of very large tracts of land that would not have been developed anyway. Of course, this revenue has to be paid by someone. My property taxes for a $200,000 house on 2 acres are now about the same as approximately $2 million of plantation land.
  • by Infidel on Jan 24, 2011 at 04:41 AM
    As it was told to me early in life, "If you pay you stay, if you don't you won't". So be a good democrat and feel good about paying your taxes.
  • by martin Location: thomasville on Jan 23, 2011 at 07:45 PM
    The bad part of it is that you pay all these county taxes but the roads in the county sure aren't kept up to par.Many dirt roads are impassable with the slightest rainfall and alot of the paved roads have craters in them.I know it is our responsibility to pay taxes but there are major corparation's that are deliquent also and have been for year's and you don't see them selling off thier building's and property.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 23, 2011 at 02:49 PM
    we can see why you only have 3 comments ,your a right wing corp.
  • by greed greed greed Location: ga on Jan 23, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    this is like when i went and had an x-ray on my back for $360 dollars and $48 to read them. i gave the girl my credit card to pay for it all. she debuted it all but $14 she said it was a mistake they would bill me the rest. ok i get a $14 bill it havent even been 30 days and they sent me a nasty letter threating me that it was behind and they were sending it to collections if not paid at onse. the check was already in the mail.stay away from souyh ga. medical. i would hate for them to starve to death for $14.
  • by fed up on Jan 23, 2011 at 01:52 PM
    thomas county is just one big rip off..the hospital stills millions by fraud,the cops still your propety and cars if your caught with marijuana[except for the rich,example, one person was caught selling 10 pounds a week and still lost nothing.the ambulance chasers sue every body they can find..the doctors poision you with big pharmaceutical company poision,but you cant treat your self with a drug that god put on this earth..thecops sit on the conners giveing tickets for anything and everything.the fire department and cops drive equipment all over town takeing care of personal buissness.we buy boats,4wheelers,ladder trucks for fire and police,where they are not needed.unemployment at 19%,and now there going to steal your propety..if i could sell my house for what i,m tax for i would get the he-- out of this state.the rip off state with thomas being the black hole of it all.they waste money on a useless drug war and rebuilding a courthouse,they said was not good enough,and built a nother1
  • by x-american Location: hunting a job on Jan 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    tax payer- that is how you do it. but what are you going to do in a few years when your taxes tripple with no warneing. dont say that wont happen they more than doubled a few years ago.
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