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Commissioner Marion Williams behind on property taxes

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Though Augusta Commission member Marion Williams wants city employees to live in Augusta-Richmond County so they’ll contribute to the tax base, the Super District 9 representative is again behind on his contributions to the general fund.

Williams, who has lately blasted Augusta employees for living elsewhere, owes $3,654.53 in taxes on three Augusta properties, according to tax records. The amounts cover tax bills from 2012 and 2013 and include $672.74 in penalties and interest, though records showed Williams has made partial payments on all six tax bills.

The payments are due in November of each year. A search of tax records on arctax.com showed no other properties listed in a commissioner’s name with unpaid bills.

It’s not the first time for Williams, a retired railroad worker and preacher. In 2011, Tax Commissioner Steven Kendrick took the properties to auction to secure payment. Williams also fell behind in 2007 and had delinquent bills when he ran for commission in 1999, according to previous Augusta Chronicle reports.

Williams said city staffers likely spread the word Monday about his unpaid taxes because he angered them by criticizing those who don’t live in Augusta.

“I don’t give a rat tail about that. It makes me happy when they’re mad,” he said.

He said he’d already made arrangements with Kendrick to pay up.

According to a report presented to the city’s Administrative Services committee Monday at Williams’ request, about 900 of the city’s 2,770 active, full-time employees, or 32.5 percent, live outside of Augusta. They include the staffs of elected officials and garner about 35 percent of the payroll, about $33.6 million.

Commissioner Bill Lockett questioned the significance of the report.

“What we are doing is we are assuming that because you live in another county, you’re not spending money in this county,” he said.

In other committee business Monday, commissioners:

• Agreed for a committee made up of Lockett and commissioners Mary Davis, Wayne Guilfoyle and Alvin Mason to meet this week to review and tweak the job description a firm will use in its search for a new city administrator. Davis said she thought the description likely needed a revised
salary range, mandatory certifications and degrees and perhaps fewer required years of service in certain areas.

• Approved Lockett’s proposal to make Augusta an “Age-Friendly Community,” a designation granted by the Amer­ican Association of Retired Persons that would be Georgia’s second.

• Tabled a bid award and delayed progress on the city’s new bus maintenance facility on Highway 56 after several commissioners questioned environmental conditions at the site, its proximity to existing bus routes and the procurement process.

• Received as information a report on progress toward creating a bus route to Fort Gordon. Mason, a retired Army sergeant and mayoral candidate whose district includes part of the post, said revised estimates of about 4,000 jobs created by the arrival of the Army Cyber Command make the route even more important.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/14/14 - 02:55 am
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Don't Have To Pay No Taxes On Time

I don’t have to pay no taxes on time. The attorney’s wrong. He’s been wrong, and he needs to go. Ain’t nothing in this government elected officials have to do. I’ve got a right to pay my taxes when I want. I’m going to do it when I want to.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 01/14/14 - 12:33 pm
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Nut case.

Maybe it's time for him to go. Yet his supporters, who most likely pay no taxes either, will support him 100%!

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 01/14/14 - 06:06 am
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Are there any businesses that

Are there any businesses that have been delinquent in paying taxes but also report on citizens being late paying taxes? Or reporters for that matter.

Just asking.

tanbaby
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tanbaby 01/14/14 - 06:09 am
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and what happens if I let MY
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and what happens if I let MY taxes get $3000+ behind??? My hiney would be in jail.......

Junket103
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Junket103 01/14/14 - 06:15 am
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Georgia Should Change The Law

The state legislature needs to enact new provisions that require elected officials to pay their taxes on time. Failure to do so should result in removal from office or at least suspend any officials from serving until the bill is paid. I'm sure Mr. William's and others who are late to pay or in some cases fail to pay would quickly pay-up if they were suspended from elected office. If they can't pay, oh well, appoint an interim.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/14/14 - 06:51 am
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HUH

Do as I say & not as I do....what a joke.

PAY UP MARION.

jwilliams
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jwilliams 01/14/14 - 06:42 am
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While we are talking about

While we are talking about taxes, this is taken from the Augusta Chronicle, Nov. 16, 2013, titled, Commissioners want to raise property taxes to make up deficit, “If you’re not going to do the excise tax, the only other option you have to talk about is raising the millage rate,” Russell said. He then called for a show of hands from those willing to consider a property tax increase, and Commissioners Corey Johnson, Bill Fennoy and Marion Williams raised their hands. Johnson and Fennoy taxes are paid in full (no payment plan). What about yours PREACHER? ANY citizen can experience problems and be delinquent on their taxes, but it is inconceivable to think that an elected policy maker that raises as much noise as Williams would be.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 01/14/14 - 07:11 am
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This compromises

His integrity - public servants should be removed for this infraction.
B4 - I've been reading your book on how to write with flair hehehe

gcap
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gcap 01/14/14 - 08:01 am
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And this man...

...is going to tell me how MY tax dollars are spent? What about HIS tax dollars? A new suit? Gold jewelry? A Lexus? He is the worst elected official I have ever seen. I'd rather have an intelligent corrupt official. At least he/she can get a few things done well before going to jail.

redfish
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redfish 01/14/14 - 08:16 am
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Typical...

This is typical behavior from Marion and his supporters. These people simply don't pay their bills and expect the people with jobs to pay for their porch sitting lifestyle. The commission should suspend the right to cast a vote for any commissioner who is delinquent on property taxes.

Marinerman1
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Marinerman1 01/14/14 - 08:48 am
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And They Re-Elected Him Again !!

This is the same man that said he had a copy of Fred Russell's hard drive, remember ?? He had a listing of the files, on a piece of paper. He took ARC for a ride on the church property, makes ignorant comments, owes back taxes, and the people in his district STILL put him back in office.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/14/14 - 09:01 am
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I said it yesterday and I will say it again today. Garnish his

commission pay or better yet just take it!

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 01/14/14 - 09:23 am
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This is all I needed to read:

This is all I needed to read: "Williams said city staffers likely spread the word Monday about his unpaid taxes because he angered them by criticizing those who don’t live in Augusta.
'I don’t give a rat tail about that. It makes me happy when they’re mad' he said." Doesn't that say all you need to know about him? I wouldn't vote for him for public office if he was the only person running.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 01/14/14 - 09:34 am
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i guess he spent the $265,000
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i guess he spent the $265,000 he got for "his church" from the school district in order to build the football stadium for "knucklehead high school"....oooops i mean laney high school

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/14/14 - 09:34 am
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Preachers don't have to pay income tax either. Hence the number.
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Preachers don't have to pay income tax either. Hence the number.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/14/14 - 09:35 am
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Preachers abode likely belongs to the church and hence no taxes.
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Preachers abode likely belongs to the church and hence no taxes.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/14/14 - 09:36 am
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"soe eye, soe eye, its all a soe eye, I don't give a rats arse..
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"soe eye, soe eye, its all a soe eye, I don't give a rats arse..

deestafford
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deestafford 01/14/14 - 09:42 am
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I was looking in the dictionary....

I was looking in the dictionary and came across the word "hypocrite" and lo and behold there was ol' Marion's picture right next to it.

LillyfrolmtheMills, You can't compromise something you ain't got.

my.voice
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my.voice 01/14/14 - 09:46 am
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I run on a different

I run on a different platform. While Marion is against those who live outside the city, I am against those who DONT PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE!

mosovich
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mosovich 01/14/14 - 10:03 am
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If you saw..

If you saw how the inner workings of Augusta works, would you want you want to live in it and pay taxes for this craziness, or would you rather pay taxes in a county that is moving forward and embracing the future..

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 01/14/14 - 10:23 am
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Dee

Good one hahhaa

dichotomy
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dichotomy 01/14/14 - 03:26 pm
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It is infuriating to be

It is infuriating to be governed by a body which contains a deadbeat, arrogant, racist, hypocrite such as Williams.

"and the people in his district STILL put him back in office."

Yes, and THAT is the unsolvable problem which will ALWAYS be the downfall of government in Augusta. And remember....NOT DISTRICT......DISTRICTS (plural). District 9 is a "Super District", half the county district. Apparently the people in half of the county searched the depths of their community and he is the best they can come up with......a man that fails to pay his property taxes on time and who used his last term in the commission to support a "redevelopment" project from which he lined his pockets after leaving office by selling property to the city......a man who tried to benefit his family by pushing a noisy drag strip in South Augusta.....and who wants to blow our suburban and rural tax money on some kind of weird "flying veranda" on Broad St. DOWNTOWN. THAT is the unsolvable problem in Augusta.......the voting citizens....and the fact that they may really not have anyone in their community brighter than Williams. A sad statement for the quality of citizens in half of Richmond County. He's the best they could come up with.

...point to ponder
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...point to ponder 01/14/14 - 10:35 am
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..new rules...

cudos to Junket103... "The state legislature needs to enact new provisions that require elected officials to pay their taxes on time. Failure to do so should result in removal from office or at least suspend any officials from serving until the bill is paid. I'm sure Mr. William's and others who are late to pay or in some cases fail to pay would quickly pay-up if they were suspended from elected office. If they can't pay, oh well, appoint an interim."

The language can be simple and to the point.

Locally, maybe the Commission can implement their own rules..."suspension from the commission if any funds due the local government are in arrears. PERIOD."

Candidates for local office can not be in arrears or have a 'history' of being in arrears. PERIOD.

Would you want someone making decisions on homelessness issues who is a slumlord?

Would you want a tax collector be behind in his own taxes?

Do you want someone making decisions on how to spend millions of tax dollars when in fact that person has not paid his taxes due?

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 01/14/14 - 10:44 am
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Majority Rules

Just wait until after the next mayors election. We will see a Black Mayor and then the Charter will be changed to give the mayor some power. Augusta/Richmond County will become another Detroit , Chicago, and Birmingham. Until the electorate becomes educated and involved this is going to be the way it is. Sad but true.

Bulldog
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Bulldog 01/14/14 - 10:56 am
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Adam Clayton Powell

Shades of Adam Clayton Powell. And hey! Remember those "I Believe in Big Ed" bumper stickers. He may be a lying, thieving, whoremonger, but he's OUR lying, thieving, whoremonger! "Low information" voters keep sending them back, again and again!

myfather15
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myfather15 01/14/14 - 10:57 am
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Good points and ideas, coming from many comments!

The only problem with the ideas, is the same problem with have getting term limits. THEY are the ones have to vote for the changes, or at least vote to put it on the ballots!!

You will NOT see elected representatives, vote themselves out of their positions of power!!

raul
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raul 01/14/14 - 11:17 am
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Myfather15 brings up an

Myfather15 brings up an interesting point. What would be the process for the public to initiate legislation to limit terms for Congressmen since it clearly is not in their interest to do so? Come on political science majors, give us some ideas.

deestafford
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deestafford 01/14/14 - 11:24 am
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Now, now, let's not be too hard on ol' Marion...

Now, now, let's not be too hard on ol' Marion. He ain't totally useless...he can always serve as an example as to what an elected official shouldn't be.

countyman
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countyman 01/14/14 - 11:35 am
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Interesting

Dichotomy.. Marion only received 18,000 votes and the name recognition can easily help you win against lesser know candidates.. When Mr. Williams had to run against Corey Johnson for the District 2 seat he lost.. Blame the local media since they continue to focus on Marion Williams..

The media is helping Marion out when they constantly interview him and create the articles.. Why didn't this story come out before his proposal? The article will only increase enthusiasm among his supporters against the perceived 'establishment'.. The dragstrip didn't make sense when Jackson, SC is right around the corner.. The Veranda on Broad street would help bring in additional tourist which do spend money. The parking bay could be demolished just to make green space and seating too. Let's at least give him credit for coming up with ideas to improve Augusta. The city of Augusta would be much better off if we had more amenities to help attract the private sector, tourist, etc..

The commissioner needs to pay the late property taxes but 'any' new department head should live in Richmond County....

I hope Mr. Williams continue to push the issue and let the citizens of RC decide for themselves.. The departments heads weren't elected by the local public...

thetroll
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thetroll 01/14/14 - 12:07 pm
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comm. williams

it might be interesting to see if comm. Williams owned any property in the area of the new football stadium that had to be bought by the city before it could be built , and if any was owned when it was bought [ rumors ]

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