Over one-third of the city of Portsmouth’s property tax collections are delinquent.
Fifth Ward Councilman Gene Meadows requested a breakdown of the delinquent property taxes and on Wednesday received those figures from the office of Portsmouth Auditor Trent Williams who received them from Scioto County Auditor David Green. They were provided to the Daily Times by First Ward Councilman Kevin W. Johnson. Additional information was provided by Scioto County Deputy Auditor Heather Cunningham.
According to the report, delinquent taxes due to the city as of June 30, 2016 totaled $437,837.69. The outstanding delinquent taxes in these reports include all unpaid taxes that were billed in tax year 2014 collected in 2015 and prior. Current taxes billed in tax year 2015 collected in 2016 that were unpaid as of June 30, 2016 totaled $832,513.30. Total taxes due to the City, including current and delinquent, were $1,270,350.99 as of June 30, 2016.
If those delinquent taxes were collected, here is how they would be distributed: $342,031.54 to the General Fund; $39,876.48 to the Flood Defense Fund; $30,115.98 to the Bond Retirement Fund; $12,906.66 to the Police Pension Fund and $12,907.03 to the Fire Pension Fund for a total of $437,837.69.
To summarize: $437,837.69 delinquent (prior year) taxes due as of June 30, 2016 is 34 percent of total taxes that are collectible. That means the county has collected $832,513.30 or 66 percent of the taxes due ($1,270,350.99).
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