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Jasper trying to collect more than $1 million in back taxes
JASPER - by Steve W Stewart/KJAS & Rayburn Broadcasting Company
The Jasper City Council voted Monday evening to leave an interlocal agreement for tax collection with Jasper County, and will instead go out for bids to contract with a different law firm.
The City of Jasper has now followed the lead of the Jasper Independent School District Board of Trustees, who also recently voted to leave their partnership with the county, and instead opted to contract with the McQuery firm.
Currently, Jasper County is contracted with the Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson Law Firm, an agreement which was recently renewed, despite concerns voiced by Jasper County Tax Assessor Collector Bobby Biscamp who said that he was not satisfied with the service they (Jasper County) have received.
Biscamp was referring to more than $10 million dollars in delinquent taxes for Jasper County, including county, school, water district and other taxable districts. According to the delinquent tax role, a number of Jasper businesses and citizens collectively owe over $1.1 million dollars in taxes, some of which date back to the early 1980's.
The Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson Law Firm has been in contract with Jasper County since 1991, and despite $10 million in delinquent taxes that have gone uncollected, the Jasper County Commissioners Court voted to renew their contract on September 26th.