The husband of Barrow County’s tax commissioner has been working for his wife’s office through a previously undisclosed business relationship with the company helping her collect delinquent property taxes. But he has been being paid indirectly through a LLC created in the name of the couple’s daughter, raising both legal and ethical questions.
Kendall Williams, husband of Tax Commissioner Melinda Williams, reportedly went to work in the Tax Commissioner’s office around 2008 when his private trucking firm was hard hit by the recession. He was hired by a private firm the tax office uses to collect unpaid taxes. He is paid $45 per title search.
But the firm doesn’t pay Williams directly. Instead, it writes checks to NEGA Title LLC, a limited liability firm set up in the name of the couple’s daughter. The LLC was created only to collect payments for the title work, said Melinda Williams.
The daughter’s LLC was incorporated in October 2012, which would have been a little over a year after she graduated from high school.
“It’s not illegal,” Melinda Williams said this week.
Asked if it were ethical, she responded, “Maybe not.”
She added: “We’re trying to pay the bills.”
For the full story, see the April 16 issue of the Barrow Journal.