Thursday, October 9, 2008
Byhalia tax office successful
By SUE WATSON
Tax collector Betty Byrd met with the board of supervisors Monday to report on the success of the Byhalia substation since the tax collector’s office was established there two years ago.
By all accounts the substation has been a success in serving the public closer to where residents live, she said. The Byhalia office collected $1,354,582 in 2006-07 fiscal year and handled 8,317 money transactions. In year 2007-08, the Byhalia office collected $2,873,053 and handled 17,309 money transactions, more than doubling the service to the central and northwestern portions of Marshall County.
The total dollars collected countywide in 2007-08 came to $23,516,616, an increase of $492,736 over the previous fiscal year. Money transactions were up by 457 this year with 65,231 transactions handled by the tax collector’s office.
Byrd reported to supervisors on the delinquent personal tax roll and delinquent mobile homes roll and recommended the board file judgements for all delinquencies.
There were 219 delinquencies on the 2007 personal property roll, totaling $291,614, Byrd said. The mobile home delinquency roll for the same year totaled 13 with $649 remaining to be collected. And this year 558 mobile homes are listed on the delinquent tax roll with the owners owing outstanding bills totaling $116,397.
In addition, 39 checks were returned for non-payment totaling $11,405. Byrd said these checks were turned over to the district attorney’s office for collection under the appropriate sections of the Mississippi Code.
The board of supervisors authorized First State Bank to serve as depository for the tax collector’s office for another two years.
Supervisor Eddie Dixon applauded the success of the tax collections at the Byhalia substation and said he wants Mt. Pleasant to be next to get close-to-home service.
Other business taken up by the board included:
Hollingsworth advised that the contract for the extension of West Boundary Street will be bid soon so construction can begin. He added that Williams Medical Complex is set to open October 15. Then construction can go forward on renovation of the old Williams Clinic, future home of the Holly Springs Police Department, he said.
The second stage of building the interchange at J.M. Ash Drive is expected to begin soon, Hollingsworth said, pending plan approval by the state.
The city will begin a $1.2 million water and sewer project to serve the area at the new hospital.
The next gas project the city is developing is about to commence, Hollingsworth said. The new area served will be Red Banks.
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