By Wayne Allen
Scioto County Prosecutor Mark E. Kuhn announced Friday that through the civil division of his office, $221,938.12 was collected in delinquent taxes during the month of February.
“This effort of the Prosecutor’s office in putting Scioto County property into the hands of people who care about it and show some pride in our community appears to be having a ‘snowball effect,” said Danielle Parker, Scioto County assistant prosecutor. “Property taxes are due in February and July of each year. The goal of our office is not only to collect delinquent taxes, but also to encourage those tax payers who have fallen behind to keep from going further in the hole, so to speak. What we are seeing is many taxpayers are not allowing themselves to fall further behind, while also making substantial payments on their past-due taxes. We are very excited about this trend and hope to see it continue to grow.”
According to Parker, this sum not only shows how much delinquent property taxes were collected. but also shows payments of current property taxes from taxpayers who also owe delinquent taxes. Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Apel Miller said the personnel of the Scioto County Treasurer’s Office were also involved as they assist the public in entering into acceptable payment arrangements.
Under state law, a portion of the property taxes are distributed to the boards of education in Scioto County to fund the schools.
The Scioto County Auditor certifies the delinquent taxes to the Prosecutor’s Office for review and possible collection actions. The procedure includes notification of the property owner that taxes are delinquent. The Civil Division can resolve the tax collection on payment plans for those who are willing to enter a plan.
“Otherwise, we file a foreclosure lawsuit against the property owner and sell the property,” Parker said.
The total in delinquent taxes collected in 2013 was $1,004,971.82.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT