TCSO collects delinquent mobile home taxes | News
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Captain Steve Jones and the Thomas County Sheriff's Office not only protect and serve but also collect delinquent property taxes. "We're at the process of actually going out and attaching a levy notice to the mobile homes, each one of them. So it's very labor intensive. It's very time consuming," said Jones.
Notices of tax levies have been posted on about 250 Thomas County mobile homes. "The important thing to know right now is we're getting ready to move into a title search phase which is where we actually have to pay someone to come down to research the title and ownership of the home before we can sell it. And that's going to cost another $120 per mobile home," said Jones.
That $120 will be added to the current collection fees. "Paying them on time avoids the collection fees and in some cases collection fees are going to be same as the original tax was and that's something that we don't have any control over. We had to contract out part of this work cause we're just not set up to do it," said Jones.
Jones says the delinquent tax bills go back as far as five and in some cases even ten years.
The Thomas County Sheriff's Office was given the tax collection responsibility back in 2009 and they are one of only two sheriff's offices in the state to do so.
"We've gotten the property tax pretty much up to date. Which is a benefit to the county, which is a benefit to the citizens of the county because the money is there to pay the budgets that it takes to run the county," said Jones.
Jones says they plan on having a mobile home tax sale in June.
He says it would be the first-ever in the history of the county.
Owners have until Wednesday to pay their current delinquent taxes before the title search fee is added on.
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