Mecklenburg County Tax Collector Neal Dixon says he is considering reporting delinquencies to credit agencies if the tactic is found to be legally viable.
The idea is among several outlined in a newly released memo addressing concerns that more than 1,000 property owners have unpaid tax bills at least eight years old.
Click here to read the memo.
Among the other proposals to collect the unpaid $6.6 million in back taxes:
- Equipping tax collectors with more mapping software to locate properties.
- More marketing to raise awareness of delinquent taxpayers.
- Streamlining how the county identifies bidders for foreclosed properties.
Dixon notes the county's tax collection rate exceeds 99.35% for one-year delinquencies, and 99.90% within 10 years. (Each year, the county collects more than $1.3 billion.)
But County Commissioner Bill James asked for the report on back taxes after someone complained about an uptown condominium owner who hadn't paid property taxes for 12 years.
Click here to see a map of properties deliquent more than eight years.
- Doug Miller