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Many people fall behind on taxes

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More homeowners and businesses are falling behind on paying taxes.     Thousands of south Georgia property owners are at least 30-days delinquent on their taxes.    

You can bet the economy is to blame.  Dougherty County Tax Director Denver Collins Hooten says the number of people behind on payments has more than doubled in the past few years, and it's directly tied to their ability to pay.

She said, "Our delinquency rate went up substantially about three years ago and of course that related directly with the economics of the times that we're in  We went from a three and four thousand to five and six thousand thirty day notices about three years ago."    

Having so many people behind on their taxes can lead to a cash flow problem for local governments.   Total collections traditionally end up at about 99%, even if some of the payments come in late.

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