County Commission approves new method of collecting delinquent property taxes


Cullman County Revenue Commissioner Barry Willingham, right, on Tuesday speaks to the Cullman County Commission about a new method for collecting delinquent property tax. (Hayden Hyatt for The Tribune)

CULLMAN – The Cullman County Commission on Tuesday passed a resolution changing the way the Cullman County Revenue Office collects delinquent property taxes

Resolution 2018-30 allows the County to sell tax liens at auction to the bidder with the lowest interest rate. The commission passed the resolution following the Alabama Legislature’s passage of Act No. 2018-577, which “provides counties with an alternative remedy for collecting delinquent property taxes by the sale of a tax lien to the person who pays all taxes, interest, penalties, fees, and costs due on the property and who, in addition, bids the lowest interest rate on the amount required to be paid to redeem the property from the sale.”

This is a change from selling a property for which delinquent taxes are due to instead selling the tax lien on said property to collect delinquent property taxes in Cullman County.

This change will go into effect Oct. 1, 2018.

“In the long run it simplifies the process and will make it easier on the taxpayer if a parcel ever sells for taxes,” said Cullman County Revenue Commissioner Barry Willingham. “Right now, (we are) one of about four Counties that is adopting the new (procedure) this year.

During the public comments portion of the meeting, Brenda Carter, president of the Hanceville Civitan Club, addressed the commission requesting sponsorship for the ninth annual Mud Creek Arts and Crafts Festival, coming up on Oct. 20. The commission made no decision.

The commission also:

– passed resolution 2018-29, which officially set guidelines for employee reimbursement of travel expenses.

– authorized the signing of an administrative agreement with Blue Cross for fiscal year 2019.

– approved the renewal of health care stop loss insurance for fiscal year 2019 at the cost of $380,713.

– approved a payment in the amount of $11,368 to Election Systems & Software. The payment was a renewal of the license fee and maintenance agreement for AutoMARK voting equipment for use in elections.

– approved the purchase of computer equipment from White River for the reappraisal department for $10,216.85.

– appropriated $1,000 to the annual Farm Y'all Festival.

– approved the surplus of a 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 truck from the Road Department, to be donated to Cullman Regional Airport.

– approved the purchase of a CAT PM310 milling machine from the Sourcewell bid list for $388,784 for the road department.

– awarded the bid for replacement of water meters throughout the county for $655,587 to Baird Contracting Company.

The commission's next meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. in the commission meeting room at the Cullman County Courthouse.

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