Vance County Tax Collector Sam Jones made his monthly report to the Vance County Board of Commissioners on Monday evening.
According to Jones, July ends the fiscal year of 2006. He reported that collections for that year are up to 94%.
Jones told commissioners that he intends to mail out tax bills on Tuesday.
County Commissioner Danny Wright reminded Jones of a point made by a member of the Henderson City Council that took place on July 26, 2007 regarding businesses that are in arrears of their taxes, some in excess of $50,000. Wright told Jones that he wants a list of businesses that owe back taxes “every other month” and also asked what was being done to collect the taxes.
Wright also asked if there are things that [the County] can do that are not being done.
Jones reported that one such business would sell its property in the next 60 days and that the owner would pay half of his back taxes at that time.
Jones failed to identify the business.
Commissioner Deborah Brown asked how property could be transferred without taxes being paid. Jones replied that the business owner had paid $7,000 in back taxes in June.
County Finance Manager Jerry Tucker noted that all but $17,000 of Henderson city taxes had been collected in 2006.
“They can’t complain about that,” Tucker said.
“Well, they did,” Danny Wright replied.
When Commissioner Dan Brummitt asked if the new efforts at tax collection were working, Jones replied that the foreclosures were bringing in money. He told the Commission that $32,000 in back taxes had been collected “this month”.
78 foreclosures are in process, according to Jones.
When County Manager Jerry Ayscue reminded Vance County Board of Commissioners Chair Deborah Brown that Henderson had requested two-year foreclosures rather than the four-year County policy, and that the Board might wish to consider it, Brown responded that it would be addressed by the City and County jointly by their respective intergovernmental committees.
Later in the meeting, Ayscue reported that Vance County is one of the counties permitted to require that ad valorum taxes be paid before property is transferred.
Although he only stated that the process required only a resolution by the board, he told members that there were “procedural details” to be worked out and that the item would appear on the next month’s agenda.