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Supervisors want county officials to pursue unpaid taxes

by Larry Chowning

Tax collection was the topic of discussion at a Middlesex County Board of Supervisors budget work session on Tuesday, March 26, at the historic courthouse in Saluda.

Hartfield District supervisor John Koontz said he feels that before the county should raise taxes, county officials need to work harder to “focus on those who are not paying their taxes.”

Koontz noted that 97.8% of businesses in the county paid their BPOL tax and 86.06% paid meals taxes. He wants county officials to focus on those businesses which are not paying.

Commissioner of the Revenue Deputy Clerk Carrie DeGraw explained that the Virginia Code gives the overall responsibility of collection of unpaid Business, Professional, and Occupational License (BPOL) taxes and meal taxes to the county treasurer, commissioner of the revenue and commonwealth’s attorney offices.

Supervisors wanted to know how much the office of the commonwealth’s attorney has been involved in collection of unpaid BPOL and meals taxes. It was indicated that the commonwealth’s attorney’s office had not been regularly involved in the process. 

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posted 04.10.2019

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