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Officials: Monroe Co. paying more than $200K in tax penalties

Monroe County paid or will pay more than $200,000 in tax penalties from 2016-18, county officials revealed on Tuesday/Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

MONROE CO., Ga. -- Monroe County paid or will pay more than $200,000 in tax penalties from 2016-18, county officials revealed on Tuesday.

Chairman Greg Tapley explained the financial issues after a two-plus hour executive session. The tax penalty money comes from the general fund -- a.k.a. tax payer money.

Tapley said the county already paid $150,00 in 2016 and in 2017 and 2018 has been paying off the remaining $57,000 in penalties.

The Monroe County Board of Commission called a special meeting Monday about the financial issues. They discussed hiring two more people in their finance department to help with their shortcomings.

Monday, the board asked for a Request for Proposal for the potential hiring's. This stems from payroll taxes not being paid to the IRS in a timely manner -- the same issue the Monroe Co. finance department faced last year.

As of last Thursday, Finance Officer Ashley Wooley -- in charge of filing the taxes -- is no longer with the commission. Anita Buice has also been removed from the County Manager position.

The county is now looking to hire both an interim county manager and finance director.

Tapley says they're still investigating how the financial issues could have happened.



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