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Speaker paid property tax late on office

By Nolan Clay and Randy Ellis Published: January 27, 2008
Cargill was supposed to pay at least half by Dec. 31 each year.

He or his company has had to pay a total of $562.44 in penalties, interest and fees by paying the taxes late. None of the late fees go to the schools.

The property taxes on Cargill's home are handled by a mortgage company and have been paid on time, the treasurer said.

In his statement, Cargill said, "Unlike my home, my business property taxes are not automatically paid because the business is owned outright and there is no mortgage.”

Cargill sent in a $1,623.93 check — dated Jan. 10 — to pay his overdue 2007 and 2006 property taxes on his law office, records show.

The 2006 tax was more than a year overdue. The 2007 tax, at that point, was just days overdue.

The check was not enough to cover both years, because of interest on the 2006 bill, and Cargill will be notified he must pay more, the treasurer said.

Cargill's $752.66 property tax bill for 2007 will be considered delinquent until a full payment comes in, Freeman said.

Cargill was eight months late in paying his 2005 property tax on the law office, the records show.

The $811.12 check covered the tax, penalty and interest.

Harrah Professional Partnership was more than seven months late in paying the 2004 property tax on the law office. The check was for $731.15.

Cargill paid the 2003 property tax on the law office more than seven months late. The check was for $780.52.

Harrah Professional Partnership also was more than seven months late in paying the 2002 property tax on the law office. The check was for $775.65.

The treasurer said Cargill apparently took care of the late payments most years after getting delinquent tax notices.

Those notices are mailed in July.

Only 3.12 percent of property owners had failed to pay their 2006 real estate taxes as of June 30, the treasurer said.

Lance Cargill


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