Sulphur Springs school district is getting serious about collecting delinquent taxes
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

August 21, 2006 - Sulphur Springs tax payers who have yet to pay school taxes for the 2005-2006 fiscal year which concludes Aug. 31 are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

"We have about $400,000 out on delinquent taxes," said Sulphur Springs Independent School District Tax Collector Judy Gregg Monday morning. "We are trying to get 97 to 98 percent of collections for the current year to help finish it out."

The deadline to taxpayers pay the delinquent tax and keep their name from being listed on the delinquent tax roll, which will be published in the weekend edition of the News-Telegram, is 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

SSISD tax attorneys have just been given the list of delinquent tax letters which were recently mailed out. So, those receiving that notice should contact Gregg's office to pay their taxes. Any payment will be better than no attempt at all because unpaid amounts are assessed monthly penalties and interest fees on top of the unpaid school taxes. The longer the tax is left unpaid the more it will ultimately cost the tax payer due to those monthly interest and penalties  fees.

"We are just trying to help people get them paid who still need to for the current tax year. They need to take this seriously," said Gregg. "We will take partial payments if they cannot pay it all at one time. We do not do written contract for payment agreements, but will take partial payment. Hopefully, they'll get it  all paid before the attorneys get hold of the list."

The list of delinquent tax payers will be turned over to tax attorneys after Wednesday to begin tax suits and the list will also be published in the weekend edition. 

The attorney will then file suit to begin the collection process. The suit, if unresolved, then is presented for a judgment. Depending on the outcome of that judgment the property could then be turned over to the taxing entity to be sold to cover the outstanding debt.

"The attorney will be filing the suit for a judgment, then it goes to sale," Gregg said of the process. "That means [if unresolved] they could lose it. We do have some [properties] we're going to sell in September that are the result of previous judgments."

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