Pitney Bowes owes
LONOKE (KATV) -
An out-of-state company owes close to $43,000.00 in back taxes to counties all over the state.
The collectors in these counties are using their collective clout in hopes of getting paid.
Pulaski County Treasurer Debra Buckner has been polling fellow tax collectors around the state and the results of her poll are in: more than two dozen counties are owed back taxes by the same Florida company.
In 2016 Pitney Bowes, a company that leases scales and mailing machines to businesses, churches and schools, owed over $2,000.00 in delinquent taxes to Lonoke county.
"I would mail them or email them a delinquent notice every week,” recalls O’Donnell. “And you know call them and leave them a message. Hey this is Therese O'Donnell, Lonoke county collector, you owe me delinquent taxes."
Pitney Bowes paid up. But the company currently owes back taxes to over two dozen Arkansas counties, including Lonoke county once again.
The amounts owed range from over $10,000.00 to under $200.00.
Lonoke county and its many cities count on O'Donnell doing her job and collecting the taxes that help pay for street repairs, fire departments, libraries and government operations.
"A lot of the equipment is in the city limits,” says O’Donnell. “So tax revenue...they go to not only county general but it goes to operate the city. So that's why it is important. So yeah...it's not a whole lot of money but the cities are struggling. The county is struggling. You know it needs to be paid."
A Pitney Bowes representative in Florida gave us several reasons for the non-payment of taxes including incorrect mailing addresses, emails that were not received and an incompetent past employee.
But the bottom line is...he says the company plans to get delinquent tax bills paid by the end of next week.
The counties owed the most money include Union at over $10,000.00 and Miller at $8,500.00.
Air date: February 6th, 2018