NICHOLSON - Jimmy B. Baker, , went to be with the Lord Thursday, August 27, 2015, at his residence due to a work accident. Jim was born January 9, 1944, in Jackson County, Commerce, Ga. He graduated from Commerce High School in 1962. He served in the United States Army from June 1965 to June 1967, with a tour of duty in Vietnam. Jim retired in ...
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COMER - George Thomas Brett, son of the late Gladys Pate Brett and John Millard Brett, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Born July 24, 1939, in Blountstown, Fla., George grew up in Tallahassee, Fla., graduated from Florida High Developmental School, served in the United States Marine Corps, and obtained a degree from Guilford College in ...
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COLBERT - Margaret Crumley Mattox, 84, died Sunday, August 23, 2015. A lifelong resident of Colbert, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Annie Sorrow Crumley. Mrs. Mattox was an active member of the Colbert First Baptist Betherean Sunday School Class. She loved gardening, flowers, and most of all, her family. Mrs. Mattox was preceded in ...
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Tax commissioner Lamar Dalton says it’s the worst part of his job — selling off the properties of people who can’t pay their taxes.
“It’s the ugliest thing I do,” he said. “I hate it, but it’s part of the job.”
Dalton has a tax sale at the county courthouse set for Sept. 1. And as of Tuesday, 118 properties remained advertised in this newspaper for sale on that date. The figure is down from about 150 when advertising for the sale began, with about $495,000 in outstanding property taxes. Dalton said some people have come in to pay their late bills, but not as many as he had hoped. And he urged anyone facing the sale to make arrangements to pay to avoid losing their property.
Dalton said some of the advertised properties have gone up for sale several times but never been purchased, such as areas with decrepit mobile homes or other unattractive features that make buyers wary. These include properties where taxes haven’t been paid since 2003. Dalton will appear before the board of commissioners Monday morning at 8:45 to ask the group to allow him to pursue the sale of 20 such properties through a different process. For instance, he said he’ll look at seeing if adjoining land owners at some of these properties that won’t sell might be willing to buy the land at a cheap price.
“The thing we’re trying to do is get these properties back into the tax system under paying customers,” said Dalton.
The tax commissioner said he planned to post signs on the properties for sale on Aug. 25.
While a tax sale can mean the end of ownership for a delinquent taxpayer, it’s not necessarily their final farewell to the property. Under Georgia law, a delinquent property owner has just over a year to pay the tax bill plus a 20-percent premium and still get their property back.
Dalton said another tax sale will be held the first Tuesday in November.
The Madison County Tax Commissioner’s Office is located in the county government complex in Danielsville. The office can be reached at 706-795-6385.