Fayette County past due in distributing monies to those owed.
Our county tax claim office sold properties that were delinquent for taxes in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. For those years, the county collected more than $5.2 million and deposited the money in a special account. The commissioners have a statutory obligation to distribute these monies to school districts, municipalities, lien holders, etc.
Presently there is insufficient funds in the account to make full distributions. A 2018 audit reported that the County used some of the money and is obligated to reimburse close to $2 million.
Commissioner Vicites and I were in office in 2011 and Dave Lohr joined the commissioners’ office in 2016. So the last 4 years with Vicites Lohr and me in office these distributions still have not been made. In order to comply with this statutory obligation and distribute the money to the rightful recipients how will the County come up with the money? Cut expenses drastically or increase taxes?
This is documented, as well as, my attempts for resolution. In early 2019 I also reached out to external sources seeking their assistance and intervention. You will hear excuses, reasons, pointing of fingers and even downplaying this. There is no excuse. Commissioners have not lived up to the duties and responsibilities of the office.