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Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
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A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
The Lucas County Auditor's office recently published a list of delinquent property tax accounts, and the office in charge of collecting those taxes says they're making strides in getting those who are delinquent to pay up.
Out of the roughly 206,000 parcels in Lucas County, the treasurer's office says the owners of 6,911 parcels became first-time delinquents this year.
Chief Deputy Treasurer Mark Austin says a new penalty has kicked in for those who are behind on their taxes.
"People who still had unpaid balances as of December 1 got hit with a 4 percent charge, so bad things do happen to people when they don't pay their taxes," he said.
Austin says when you include taxes not paid from past years, Lucas County has roughly $50 million in outstanding accounts, but their office has collected $15 million worth of delinquent payments this year.
"That's money that doesn't go to the schools or the Metroparks or the Zoo," he said. "We have a duty to collect that. We haven't done a lien sale in a few years, but everything's on the table."
Austin says filing a tax foreclosure case in court is the last option, but it's an option their office took against 270 property owners this year.
"If you want to save court costs and the threat of losing your house, you should call our office because we do have payment plans, we do accept partial payments."
The next round of property tax bills will be sent out later this month or in early January.