$74K in HI properties with past due taxes head to state
HOLIDAY ISLAND -- The Carroll County Tax Collector published a public notice in today's paper on properties being certified to turn over to the State Commissioner of Lands for non-payment of property taxes from 2010 and 2011, totaling $217,717.34. These taxes have been delinquent for two years, and Holiday Island once again tops the list with the largest block of unpaid bills, 359 lots totaling $73,707.79.
Eureka Springs city delinquencies come in second dollar-wise, at $58,984, representing only 12 lots.
Of the Holiday Island delinquencies, $58,073.22 is due on 299 lots owned by the suburban improvement district, $6,423.09 on 38 lots by the developer and $9,211.28 on 22 lots by private owners.
Tax bills are mailed out in March of each year and are due in full by Oct. 15.
Among private owners delinquent is HISID Commissioner Greg Davis, who owes $358.30 for a lot in Unit 16.
Davis and partner Tom Guindon were confronted by board members, at their regular monthly meeting April 22, for being three months late on their rent of the Yacht Club as a real estate office, for which they owed $1,800. Davis remained quiet while Guindon took the podium and blamed the economy and the board's actions for the partners' inability to pay on time.
He left the meeting and returned shortly thereafter with a check for the overdue rent.
"I'll have the taxes paid by Monday," Davis said by phone Thursday of his delinquent lot. "I had already taken a check to the title company, but it must not have gotten to the county yet."
HISID is under a dispute with the county over property taxes and has been wavering about whether to file a lawsuit for the courts to decide whether the district should be exempt for taxes on foreclosed and quit-claimed lots. County Tax Collector Jo Ann Harris has stated on more than one occasion, both in writing and to the HISID district manager, that she will not waive them.
In December 2012, the board voted to sue the county, but in its April 22 meeting, voted to suspend that decision based on a question about whether such lots are "public property used for public purposes."
HISID Chairman Ken Ames said by phone Friday he believes the lots appearing in the public are probably part of those under dispute with the county, but he will go through the list to determine that.
"I don't really care to comment until I get more information," he said.
As for delinquent taxes on lots owned by developer Tom Dees, he said by phone Thursday will go through the list and decide which lots he is going to keep.
"Since I no longer have a marketing agreement with HISID, I'm going to let the rest go back to the state," he said.