Miller County, AR– When land and/or homes in a county go tax delinquent it cuts into funds needed for the county to operate efficiently. Money that would normally go for schools, county pay raises, road improvements, sheriff patrols and many other areas needed stops when a land or home owner does not to pay the taxes. There can be any number of reasons that an owner may not pay, but regardless of the reason, it affects everyone in the county. When an owner does not pay the taxes, they become delinquent and eventually the County Tax Collector must certify the property and send it to the State Land Commissioner. Once there additional attempts are made to collect the taxes, fines and other penalties. If the State Land Commissioner can not collect, the property goes to auction. The auction recovers the taxes, fines and fees from bidders. If the property has multiple bidders, an overage is created. After four years on the books, that overage, called “Turnback” and is sent back to the county.
Today State Land Commissioner John Thurston came to Texarkana and presented the check for the Miller County Turnback. Today’s check brought a Turnback, or overage, of $338,839. This means that not only did the county receive the delinquent tax funds, but it also received the money from the auction in the form of the Turnback.
While the state conducted the sales, the bottom line is Miller County would never have seen this Turnback without the work of Cathy Hardin-Harrison, the County Tax Collector, and her staff at the county. Cathy’s office maintains the records, reviews the tax rolls, and certifies the delinquent taxes before turning them over to the state. Without this operation, not only would Miller County be missing delinquent taxes, but the county would never have seen a Turnback check. Today a few pictures were posted on Facebook about the check and the Turnback, but the citizens of Miller County deserve to know that those funds came to the county only through the hard work of the Tax Collector’s staff and Cathy Hardin-Harrison.