School board member among those who could lose property at auction
Each year the County of Louisa bills out close to $50 million in taxes, but records show as of July 1, more than $4.7 million in delinquent taxes are still due from 1993 to 2012.
When Henry B. Wash was elected treasurer of Louisa County last year, he made it his mission to collect on those taxes.
In reviewing his records, he discovered that school board member Allen B. Jennings, who represents the Jackson District, was over $58,000 past due on his taxes.
According to Wash, Jennings has completed his payment plan with the treasurer’s office for his 2011 taxes and has now set up a plan for his 2012 delinquent real estate taxes, which total $8,628.04, and $230.59 on personal property taxes.
On June 20, Wash had the notice of delinquent taxes and judicial sale of real property published in The Central Virginian, which is the first step of a seven-month-long process of selling properties with delinquent taxes attached to them.
Within 30 days, Wash said, his office will file suit for each parcel that is listed in the publication. Once that is approved, his office will begin the title search of each parcel.
The title search on the individual parcels will take approximately three to four weeks and costs $200 each.
A notice will then be sent to any lien holders or interested parties for each property.
A judge will then grant approval for sale of the property if all steps have been done according to the state tax code statue.
Jennings currently has $49,595.77 in collections for tax years 2008-2010.
“I am pleased he paid his current plan  with me, but the biggest issue or debt is the one in collections,” Wash said.
Shenandoah Golf Club, LLC, currently is in arrears for $42,549.03, while other companies such as Ark Homes owes $20,282.52 and E. D. and J. Enterprises, LLC, owes $18,569.37.
According to Wash, none of these companies have attempted to set up payment plans and all are now with the collection agency.
“These people have made no attempt to pay,” Wash said.
Wash said some did call to make payment arrangements or determine what had to be done to keep their property from going to sale after the publication of the delinquent taxes.
See The Central Virginian’s July 4 issue for full story.