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The Town of Elkin is taking aggressive steps to collect on delinquent property taxes.

Town attorney, Raymond Parker, has received authorization by Elkin’s Board of Commissioners to proceed with collection methods for delinquent taxes by using the three methods allowed by law: garnishment of wages, attachment to bank accounts, and foreclosure.

“The Board granted this authorization with an emphasis to use foreclosure as the last option. The NC League of Municipalities has a “Debt Setoff” program by which they will assist us with the recovery of delinquent taxes if a property owner is due a state tax refund,” said Elkin town manager Lloyd Payne.

According to Cathy Tilley, the town clerk of Elkin, the top 20 property owners who are delinquent owe a combined $100, 271 in taxes.

“The list (itemizing the $100,271) comprises of approximately 63 percent of the outstanding taxes for years 2002 -2102,” said Tilley.

According to the list, the top five delinquent property taxpayers are: Denali Enterprises, LLC of New Bern ($26,417.16); Owens Lee Roy Heirs of Elkin ($9,755.12); CMI Industries, Inc. of Spartanburg ($6,336.91); Samuel and Jessie Hayes of Elkin ($5,439.98); and Lyles Allen of Chapel Hill ($5,204.10).

According to the Town of Elkin, Denali Enterprises, LLC, owes the most money with its delinquency stemming from tax year 2010 and 2011. Denali’s Enterprises, LLC owns Spring Valley Apartments. The complex is located on W. Highland Ave. off N. Bridge St behind Rumple Furniture.

Calls to Denali Enterprises, LLC regarding the outstanding property tax bill were not returned.

In 2012, Elkin raised property taxes two and a half cents from $0.475 to $0.50 per $100 of property value. In 2013, property taxes again leaped an additional five cents from $0.50 per $100 property value to $0.55.

When asked if property taxes would’ve been less if outstanding property taxes had been paid, the town manager said we all pay when others do not pay their taxes.

However, Payne stated that outstanding taxes were not the main reason for the recent property tax increase.

“The fund balance has been declining and one of the reasons for the tax increase was to not only stop the outgoing flow of fund balance but to also begin responsibly building it back again,” said Payne.

According to records, the Town of Elkin has 446 outstanding tax bills spanning over the last decade.

Upon review of records, the Town of Elkin has averaged 99.16 percent successful collection of total property taxes.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 336-835-1513 or email at agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

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