Commissioner presents check to Jefferson County officials

Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston presented a check representing 2011’s turnback funds to Jefferson County officials recently at the county courthouse.

Jefferson County received $545,569.64 in combined turnback funds during 2011. In total, Arkansas counties received $20.4 million from delinquent tax collections last year.

These funds stem from the redemption and sale of tax delinquent properties certified to the Commissioner of State Lands office.

“Once properties are redeemed by the original owner or sold at public auction, the funds collected are forwarded to the county, where the property is located, one year after the collection date,” Thurston said.

Thurston and his office works diligently to collect this revenue.

“Property taxes play a vital role in the stability of county revenues. Public schools and county services depend on real estate tax dollars to aid in funding their programs. Without these funds our communities may miss out on essential programs and growth,” Thurston said.