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Bank to collect taxes, so Germantown tax collector resigns

Dec 11, 2017 1:45 pm

Debby Mayer is reporting in The Columbia Paper Germantown Supervisor Joel Craig announced at the November 21 town board meeting, tax collector Janice Mullins had resigned, effective December 31. At the same meeting, the board unanimously authorized the Bank of Greene County as a collection point for town taxes. The 2018 tax bills will include information on paying at the bank, and payments made at the town hall will be delivered to the bank. In a November 17, letter to the board, Mullins wrote the decision to have the bank collect taxes made her uncomfortable. “I am ultimately responsible for the tax warrant amount and all money collected and credited to each taxpayer correctly,” she wrote. Mullins estimated that she handled approximately 1,400 tax bills for Germantown, worth more than $2 million. She did not collect school taxes, but if a property owner fell behind on school taxes, that tax was added to the bill she sent. Germantown pays its tax collector $3,900 per year, in monthly installments. Mullins served three four-year terms, a total of twelve years. She ran unopposed in November, and was ready to serve for another four years, she said. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.

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