Louisa treasurer gets tough on taxes

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 9:47 am

Each year the County of Louisa bills out close to $50 million in taxes, but records show $6 million in delinquent taxes still due from 1993 to 2012.

Last year, Henry B. Wash was elected treasurer of Louisa County.  He has made it his mission to collect on those delinquent taxes.

Wash said one of the first things he did when he got into office was to take a look at county employees, members of the boards or committees and anyone who received a check from the county, to ensure their taxes were being paid.

That is when it was discovered school board member, Allen B. Jennings, who represents the Jackson District, is past due on his taxes in the amount of $58,000.

Wash sent out letters to anyone who received a county check and was delinquent on their taxes.  He told them in the letter they had a higher obligation  and should be more current on their taxes than the average citizen.

Wash said the amount was substantial that was owed, but after receiving the letter, many came into his office and set up payment plans.  For those who continued to ignore their delinquent taxes, a wage lien was placed.

When Wash first assumed his office, he spoke with Jennings and got him on a payment plan, not only with Wash’s office, but with the collection agency as well.

Jennings is not up-to-date on either plan, and according to Wash, it has gotten to the point that either Jennings sells his properties to pay the back taxes or the county is going to.

“If Jennings doesn’t pay the taxes in the next 30-60 days, I will start the process for judicial sales of those properties that are not current in order to collect those taxes,” Wash said.

Due to the substantial amount that Jennings owes, Wash feels that Jennings needs more than just a payment plan.

Jennings said he made a payment toward the unpaid taxes a couple of weeks ago and that he has contacted a realtor to sell some properties.

“The calls are promising, effort has been there and I feel good about it,” Jennings said.

To read the entire story, see the March 28 edition of The Central Virginian.

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