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County treasurers seek to collect overdue state taxes

Virginia’s treasurers are asking the Virginia Department of Taxation for more work to do.

With 130 offices across the state, local treasurers can be more efficient in collecting long-overdue taxes than the companies the state has been hiring to go after delinquent taxpayers, according to the Virginia Association of Treasurers.

Tara Thomas, Gloucester County Treasurer, said it’s been bothering her for some time that the state wasn’t taking advantage of the opportunity to use treasurer’s offices to help collect state taxes along with local taxes.

"We’re already collecting from these people," she said. "Let us be the focal point for collections for these localities."

Thomas said that both the state and the localities are having revenue issues and "we’ve been a prime place for funding cuts." "Rather than looking at us as a place to cut," she said, the state should "use us for something we can do.&quo...

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