Delinquent Property Taxes On The Rise

By: Dave Spencer Email
By: Dave Spencer Email

Unpaid property taxes in Fayette County is not a new phenomenon. Last year the County had $2.2 million not collected. This year that number is up to three million dollars.

Property taxes fund the schools, police, fire, LexTran, and other government operations. When people or companies don't pay the state usually steps in to ensure those agencies and entities get the funding they need.

This year the trend shows Large developers and real estate agencies making up the biggest offenders. Nearly 88% of the three million dollars is owed by the top 25 offenders.

When these debts are sold the average delinquent tax payer ends up paying more in the long run and because of the large offenders, the final amount they owe continues to grow.

According to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department taxpayers have until the end of the calendar year to pay their property taxes.


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  • by AMUSED Location: KY on May 6, 2008 at 11:46 AM
    You tell em' c. The government keeps letting them build more and more, but doesn't do anything about taxes. I agree with you, they should stop them from building until they pay. Ever notice how the little person trying to make ends meet, almost always pay their taxes, but alot of the big dogs don't. They always say that it is harder to collect from a person with money because they don't want to let go of it. That's probably whay they have money. Not all are like this, but their is quit a few like that.
  • by c Location: fkt on May 6, 2008 at 04:39 AM
    If a developer owes property taxes, then stop them from developing any new properties until their tax bill is paid in full! That way the city will be ensured to get their money in a timing fashion! Same goes for any business who owes taxes, shut them down until the taxes are paid! The government doesn't have any backbone! You start shutting down these people who think they don't have to pay taxes, then they WILL get the message that they are not exempt from taxes! The rest of us have to pay taxes, so should they! 3 million is alot of money that our schools could use right now! The sheriff needs to start going after these people now.

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