October 15, 2013
As of Friday, October 11th, Comm. Carl Pennamon, Chairman of the BOC, still hadn’t paid his property taxes. The first installment of the county property taxes was due on October 1st. On October 11th, Comm. Pennamon still owed $1246.58 in county property taxes.
Comm. Pennamon usually is late paying his property taxes. His excuse has always been that he waits until he gets his tax refund to pay his property taxes. Everyone knows when property taxes are due each year, and people plan accordingly so they can pay them. What if all citizens waited until they got their tax refund to pay their property taxes for the preceding year? The county would run out of money!
Of course, everyone doesn’t pay their property taxes on time, but surely the Commission Chairman, one of our leaders that sets all of our taxes and votes to spend our tax money, could surely pay his own property taxes on time. After all he is not having to pay for his health insurance or his cell phone and is getting a salary of around $1100 a month from the county. We all have to pay our property taxes to make sure Comm. Pennamon receives his salary and benefits each month.
Just recently, Comm. Pennamon did pay his taxes on time. He made sure his taxes were paid in full in December 2012, right before he took his oath of office as County Commissioner. Being on time only once every four years is not really acceptable to the citizens that struggle to pay their county property taxes on time each year.