NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – There are hundreds of people in southeastern North Carolina who have yet to pay their property taxes.
By law, county tax offices are required to publicize those who owe money. Here's a breakdown of the numbers to see where counties stand in collecting the cash they're due.
According to tax administrators, Columbus County had the highest amount due for real estate accounts. Residents owed about $25 million, but as of March 31 Columbus County received roughly $22 million, leaving them with only about $2 million left to collect.
Bladen County is still looking for $1.6 million in taxes; New Hanover County still has $4.6 million to collect; and Brunswick County is seeking the highest amount with $6.9 million in uncollected real estate taxes.
Pender County's latest numbers were not readily available. Officials in Columbus County said they would not release the breakdown of those who owe until after April 19, in which they expect to have over 1,000 names.
Among the lists, Wilmington River Club LLC is one of the companies that owes the most money. According to Navassa Town Planner Sean Ryan, the company has been working on a housing development called River Bend for years.
Their plan is to build on more than 800-acres near Cedar Hill and Royster Roads. Ryan said the company currently has a mining permit to build amenity ponds so the homes will have water access. Other than that, not much development has been done with the property.
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