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Tax office is heartless

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

To the editor: Our tax office is heartless. It’s not just Mark Saunders, Marty Cooke and Andy Sayre who are having difficulties paying their taxes.

Police officers, real estate agents, teachers, plumbers, preachers, painters, nurses, brick masons, landscapers, carpenters, county employees, farmers, doctors, lawyers, commercial fishermen, banks, and 90 percent of all your neighbors, friends, family members and co-workers are effected by this economy.

The majority of these folks are responsible, good, hard-working people who have fallen on hard times. Other than the Great Depression, this is one of the hardest times in history to financially make it.

I think it is deplorable and heartless that the tax collector, in an attempt to embarrass people, published names of those who have not paid taxes. What did this accomplish other than costing more money to taxpayers to pay for this ugly tasteless newspaper ad? Their actions certainly did not boost the economy, nor faired well with anybody I have talked to.

I understand they are embarrassing people by printing their names in the paper and also are garnishing wages and attaching liens against bank accounts.

It is taking everything all of us can do to keep mortgages paid so we don’t lose homes, pay for children’s education, put groceries on the table and gas in cars to go to work.

If the tax collector really wanted to help in these difficult times, then an informative letter to all property owners offering a payment plan would have been mailed along with the annual tax statement.

Editor’s note: North Carolina General Statute 105-369 mandates a tax collector must advertise tax liens.