The chairman of the Barrow County Airport Authority filed two years of tax returns late Tuesday for a couple of airplanes he has kept at Northeast Georgia Regional Airport without paying taxes on them.
Frank Nocera arrived at the Tax Assessors Office shortly after it closed March 31 and filled out tax returns for 2008 and 2009, according to chief assessor Cecil Highfield. While the 2008 return is a year late, the 2009 return was done in time to meet the April 1 filing deadline.
Nocera’s actions followed a private meeting March 28 with board of commissioners chairman Danny Yearwood, who appointed him to the authority.
Nocera owns a hangar at the county-owned airport and has paid taxes on that property, but had not filed returns, until now, for his two ‘50s-era planes.
In 2002, Jackson County officials determined that one of Nocera’s planes had an assessed value of $11,300 and the other had an assessed value of $19,000. (Assessed values represent 40 percent of a property’s fair market value.) Nocera paid one year of Jackson County taxes on his less-expensive plane, but successfully appealed having to pay taxes on the higher value plane, according to the tax commissioner in that county.
The next step is for the county to establish an assessed value for Nocera’s planes and for all of the other untaxed planes at the airport. Next week, county officials will go to the airport for the third time in recent weeks to photograph the untaxed planes. Owners disagreeing with their assessments will be able to appeal to the Board of Assessors, Highfield said.
Still don't understand why it took the newspaper to point this out. If the taxes have been paid in the past in Jackson or Barrow County, what happened to think it was OK to stop filing and paying taxes. The county not sending a bill to collect does not fly.
Would love to know how many Barrow County licensed business owners have NOT made the effort to file their tax records for equipment, inventory, etc.... Maybe the tax commissioner should develop a list of business licenses and a list of businesses that filed tax records....and start spot checking those that have not filed. Maybe some found money for the county.
I'm a lifetime member of Barrow County and for the first time in my life I'm really concerned about the quality of this county's leadership. It's obvious the BOC chairman has no regard or sensitivity toward his fellow man. He's created a lean government but at the same time taxpayers are being deprived of services that they've paid for and services that are available in other counties. No elected official should be given this much power.