County official has plan to pay back $3k in taxes

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News 12 at 6 o'clock/ Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Two of Marion Williams' properties have liens placed on them, according to documents.

The city is owed $14 million overall in delinquent property taxes for last year. We did some checking and it looks like no other commissioners are behind for the time being.

Williams said he has a plan in place to pay his bills.

"I don't think it's hating on anyone. I think it's everybody's responsibility as far as owning properties here in Augusta-Richmond County," said Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle.

"I don't worry about my colleagues. They are haters and they motivate me," said Commissioner Marion Williams.

Last year, Commissioner Marion Williams was in favor of raising property taxes during budget talks.

"I always say if you're going to raise taxes do it at the beginning of the year," Commissioner Williams said.

The tax commissioner's office tells us he was already past due on his own property taxes when he mentioned the possibility of raising everyone else's.

"We should practice what we preach," Commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle said.

On the clerk of courts Web Public Program, the city has placed two liens on property owned by Williams. The software shows he owes taxes from 2012 for about $200.

Right now his full past due tax bill is nearly $3,000 for 2013.

"I already worked out something with the tax commissioner," said Commissioner Williams.

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