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Commissioners approve ordinance to cut tax chief’s pay
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October 06, 2013 04:21 PM | 666 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At its regular meeting Wednesday, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved by a 6-0 vote a resolution introduced by Vice-Chairwoman Emma I. Darnell (District 5) urging the Georgia General Assembly to amend state law (O.C.G.A. § 48-5-163) to prohibit salaried tax commissioners from retaining as their personal compensation the 50-cent fee for issuance of tax executions, it announced in a news release. District 4 Commissioner Tom Lowe was not present for the vote.

Darnell drafted the resolution because she said it is time to end the foreclosure fee and more specifically called for an end to the 50-cent fee paid to Georgia’s tax commissioners for each delinquent tax bill they transfer to an outside agency for collection.

Darnell said to the board that while in Georgia the practice is not unlawful, she questions whether it is fair.

“Is it fair that a taxpayer already struggling to pay their taxes would also be required to pay the tax commissioner 50 cents for transferring his tax bill to an outside agency for collection? I don’t think so,” she said.

Darnell said Georgia’s tax commissioners should receive adequate compensation for the important work they per-form. However, she added, “There is a big difference between adequate compensation and citizen exploitation, and we urge the Georgia Legislature and the tax commissioner of Fulton County to acknowledge the difference.”
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