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Warren County woman facing tax foreclosure on home

Posted October 15, 2010

For Clara Hargrove, home is definitely where her heart is.

“It means everything to me,” the 69-year-old widow says.

Inside her Macon home, family photos line her walls. Outside, her husband and son are buried on the land her family’s owned for more than 30 years.

Her husband, Richard, took care of the couple’s finances until his death in 1997. Since then, Hargrove says, paying the bills has been a struggle, and she's gotten behind.

Hargrove is now facing the threat of tax foreclosure on the property, having, at one point, owed more than $10,000.

It’s one of 20 properties that Warren County was ready to auction Friday morning as part of an ongoing effort to collect outstanding tax revenue.

County Manager Linda Worth says the county started the foreclosure auctions three years ago to collect hundreds of thousands in delinquent taxes.

The county will own the land that’s not sold.

“We don’t want to be property owners. We need to keep all our properties on the tax rolls, generating taxes,” Worth says.

In Hargrove’s case, her property barely escaped the auction block after she paid all but approximately $800.

The county gave her a week extension to pay off the bill.

“It feels good,” Hargrove says. “We’ll make it.”

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  • Alexia.1 Oct 18, 2010

    Rolling Along, you're so right. I wish people would recognize this problem and work to abolish the property tax. Why throw a retired person out on the street? In my view, the only taxes we should have are income taxes. Tax income once and that is it. Further, income tax ought to be set at a fixed percentage. If you earn less, you pay less. Earn more, you pay more. Sounds simple to me. The state would determine the percentage based on what it needs to run the government. No more throwing people into the street for property taxes or arguing over sales taxes.

  • Rolling Along Oct 15, 2010

    This a real curse for property owners in most states, you never truly own it, you have to pay "rent" in the form of taxes.

  • redy2rumbl Oct 15, 2010

    ProzacDispenser ~ Thats exactly right!!! Me too.

  • LuvLivingInCary Oct 15, 2010

    i'd burn my home down before i'd let the department of revenue auction it off.