From Clay County
BY BRIAN JONES
At their July 25 meeting, the Clay County Board of Supervisors discussed delinquent personal taxes and heard a budget request from the local soil conservation district.
[At the beginning of the meeting, a large number of people showed up for a public hearing on the closure of Cosby Corners Road. That hearing has been rescheduled for August 14 at 10 a.m. – Brian Jones]
Earlier this month Tax Assessor/Collector Paige Lamkin told the board that she was trying to collect delinquent personal taxes from a number of Clay County businesses. The board gave her permission to advertise in the Daily Times Leader, listing the names of the delinquent accounts.
Last Thursday Lamkin was back with an update.
“We have brought in a good bit since the last meeting,” Lamkin said. “I am going to personally visit a couple off businesses that are convenience stores and try to talk to them. We have one business who hasn’t paid in five years, and he contacted me and asked me to work with him. He said he has had back surgery and is down for the next six weeks. What do you do at this point? I went and visited him last year and he told me he was going to pay and he never did. He contacted me this year, I didn’t go to him. I told him I would come to you. At first I didn’t want to do it, but now I feel like if we can get that money we need to.”
Lamkin suggested entering into a contract with the business owner.
“If he fails on a payment, then the deal is off,” she said. “I feel like he’s had ample time to do this.”
Attorney Bob Marshall said he wanted to check with the state auditor’s office to see if that would be legal.
“It’s our responsibility to collect this money,” he said. “I think we need to make some progress if we can.”
The board took no action.
David Waide of the regional soil conservation district appeared to ask the supervisors for funding in the next budget year.
“Agriculture is the biggest business in the state,” he said. “If we work together to guarantee clean air and clean soil then it will continue to grow.”
Waide asked for a quarter of a mill in funding.
“I think if we can do this we need to,” said District 4 Supervisor and Board President Shelton Deanes. “We’re going to start working on our budget next week, and we will see what we can do.”
The board took no action.
District 5 Supervisor Floyd McKee asked to remove part of US Chandler Road from the county road map.
“Part of that road has been abandoned for at least 40 years,” he said. “It just never got taken off the road map.”
McKee estimated that about half the length of the road would be abandoned.
“Do you want to set a date to hold a hearing?” Berry asked.
“It’s already been done,” McKee said. “I think it was formally abandoned in 1972. I talked to (former Supervisor Glen Pate) and he said it was already abandoned when he was in office.”
Marshall asked for time to research whether or not the road had actually been abandoned.
“If we can’t find the documents we need to go through the hearing process,” Marshall said.