August 11, 2015

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Getting Tough on Delinquent Property Taxpayers

Mike Sullivan Serves Notice to Local Business & Releases Top 10 Offenders List

Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan is getting tough on delinquent property taxpayers. He's offering a local furniture store one last chance to pay up. Lee Blum Furniture Co is among Harris County's top outstanding delinquent property tax violators. The owners owe in excess of $11,000 to Harris County and the jurisdictions for which it collects.

"I shouldn't have to show up at your doorstep, with a tax bill in hand, to collect your debt obligations," said Mr. Sullivan, "If I have to make a personal visit, you will have the choice to pay in full, or we will seize your property to satisfy the obligation."

On Tuesday, Sullivan and the county's delinquent tax attorneys, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, are serving notices to businesses in Harris County who are in violation.

"We have exhausted all resources to obtain payment from these delinquent taxpayers. I've offered support, reminders and relief to those who may need payment plans. Now's when we get tough. I'm going to recover every dollar possible, to protect the integrity of the tax rolls," said Sullivan.

Sullivan is releasing a list of the Top 10 Delinquent Property Taxpayers in Harris County. He's also posting a searchable list of public records, highlighting delinquent properties on the county office's website. "Posting these violators online, sheds light, leads to public scrutiny and puts pressure on those in violation," said Sullivan. "My duty is to collect the money these guys owe the county."

Among those on the list include the owner of a single family residence in Pasadena who has failed to pay taxes since 1954 and owes $67,600 in back taxes.

You can find the entire Top 10 List on our website at hctax.net.

The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office Property Tax Division maintains approximately 1.5 million tax accounts and collects property taxes for 71 taxing entities including Harris County. For the 2014 tax year, the Tax Assessor-Collector's office collected more than $5 billion in property taxes.