Durham Gets Tough To Collect Vehicle Taxes
Posted September 5, 2001 11:36 a.m. EDT
DURHAM — If you think you can get away with not paying your car taxes in Durham County, think again.
Durham County Tax Administration
has stepped up its enforcement in an effort to get more people to pay up.
The tax office says about 20,000
motor vehicle tax
bills are due each month, with up to 20 percent going unpaid. That adds up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Paying your taxes late could mean a visit from a sheriff's deputy.
The Durham County Sheriff's Office is increasing its staff to help collect the money, and have hired a full-time deputy.
"She is responsible for serving sheriff's levy executions, which actually means seizure of personal property, vehicles, business property -- anything to satisfy the tax," says Kimberly Simpson, deputy tax administrator.
Durham is the first county in the Triangle to implement such aggressive measures. Since January 1, the county has collected almost $1 million in back taxes. Last week alone, $33,000 was collected.
Officials say the goal is to educate people about the payment process:
For more information on paying motor vehicle taxes in Durham County, call