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Commission seeks funds from tax commissioner

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 3:20 PM
Last updated Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 1:24 AM
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The Columbia County Commission voted 4-0 Friday to authorize its attorneys to recover funds from Tax Commissioner Kay Allen.

After the vote, District Commissioner Ron Thigpen said he thought it was time for Allen to resign.

Allen’s husband, District Commissioner Charles Allen, was not present.

Commissioners contend that the fees Allen collected from Harlem and Grovetown violate state law and that the contracts Al­len entered into with the cities were done without their knowledge or consent.

The fees were the subject of a criminal investigation now in the hands of District Attorney Ashley Wright.

Allen has denied any wrongdoing and defends her right to collect payments for those services.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 02/21/14 - 05:02 pm
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If the Fee's are Illegal, quit YAPPING and JUST ARREST HER.

Because its beginning to sound more like a Political Melodrama Witch Hunt instead of a crime.

It short, it is way past,

PUT or SHUT UP TIME.

Bacon Grease
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Bacon Grease 02/21/14 - 05:55 pm
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Shop lifter

So they arrest a shop lifter but a white collar thief sits a home after stealing thousands? Just as much justice as you can afford it seems.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/21/14 - 06:09 pm
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Editorial

Readers of this story might also want to read Thursday’s editorial.

Malfeasance

Sweet son
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Sweet son 02/21/14 - 06:50 pm
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The commission should have also voted for a resolution to insist

that the District Attorney proceed with criminal charges or say that she wasn't going to go in that direction.

I'm sure Allen is in hopes that the longer this situation is lost in the legal system it might go away!

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 02/21/14 - 07:08 pm
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Suspension! She should not have access to any public funds

(or documents). She should have been suspended when the investigation started.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/21/14 - 07:18 pm
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Sorry, Stunned

Suspension would be what a boss could do to a subordinate. But, in Georgia, the county tax commissioner is a high, constitutionally-protected position. No one can suspend her on an allegation. Her lawyer is claiming that no laws have been broken, and until the District Attorney can convince a jury to say otherwise, no one (not even the governor) can suspend her.

Basically, Kay Allen has no boss.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 02/21/14 - 08:18 pm
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Governor Deal CAN suspend her, Little Lamb

From what I've read, the Governor does have the authority to suspend her. Also, In 1998, A Savannah Area Tax Commissioner was suspended. She is a public servant and her bosses ARE the citizens & tax payers of Columbia County.

lowe_ryder
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lowe_ryder 02/21/14 - 09:06 pm
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Its time to lock her up

Ms. Allen can say that she did not know about the change in state law that prevents her from collecting fees from the Municipalities due to the population increase in the county, but I do not believe her because if anyone should know the State Law regarding property taxes it should be the Tax Commissioner. It is my belief that she is lying and it is time for the DA to setup and do something. I'm sick and tired of seeing Politicians protect other Politicians from prosecution because of their little back door codes.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/21/14 - 09:29 pm
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Sweet son

That is always the game of greasy people caught in a snare, especially politicians.

Deflect, deny, obfuscate, stonewall, etc., etc. Over time, the hubbub dies down and people lose interest. The greasy politico then slinks away unscathed or stays to steal again.
Just look at all of the Obama scandals that are quietly fading into the background.

Junket103
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Junket103 02/21/14 - 09:45 pm
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DA and USA Need To Arrest or Clarify Why Not

Not sure what the delay is with the DA or the US Attorney. Did she break state law or not? Did she declare the money on her tax return? If the DA and the Attorneys General, state and federal, decline to prosecute and she was honest with the IRS concerning the money, she may escape the perp walk. But, the citizens of CC need her to disappear. If she won't resign willingly and as others have pointed out nobody else in government can fire her, the she should be recalled by her actual bosses, the voters of CC. The Party leadership needs to act now. The TC has lost the trust of the people. Her behavior and public response, may or may not be illegal, but it sure is shameful. Time for a new TC to take the helm.

D D DOG
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D D DOG 02/23/14 - 05:04 pm
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Why should C.C. hire
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Why should C.C. hire attorneys out of Savannah and spend thousands,when Our Governor or Ashley Wright could do their job and charge / remove this crook. Hope everyone knows who not to vote for in 2016. (R.W.for congress included)I would like to thank our commisioners for finally doing something (lawsuit) to let K.A. know we are fed up. If we suceed in getting her removed there will be many,many, past abused employees very happy and if she goes to prison we'll throw a huge party. K.A stealing from us is only half of this story. Most people in C.C. have no idea what she is capable of.

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