Suwannee Democrat


February 14, 2014

Delinquent business taxes addressed by Live Oak City Council

Bill for $506 comes before board

Live Oak —

The Live Oak City Council directed City Clerk John Gill at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night to draft an ordinance that would classify delinquent business tax receipts as a code enforcement matter. Once changes are made, the city clerk would have the authority to send all delinquent matters to a magistrate for a solution.

Gill said the clerk’s office is responsible for the collection of business tax receipts, formerly known as an occupational license, each year and is also responsible for drafting a list of delinquent customers. The list is then turned over to the code enforcement officer and to the chief of police for them to encourage the people to pay their dues.

“What we have are chronic offenders who don’t want to pay, and there’s just so much that the chief of police can do to force them to pay,” Gill said. “The code of ordinance doesn’t go far enough to remedy this. I bring it to council and ask for guidance on how you would like to move forward with this.”

Gill suggested changing the wording to the code of ordinance and possibly send this matter to a magistrate and let that person decide on how to handle these delinquent accounts.

“The code as it’s written, does it provide a penalty?” council president Adam Prins asked. 

Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams said he spoke with Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney Jeff Siegmeister on possible penalties for delinquent customers.

“I don’t feel real comfortable going into a place of business and say you’ve got to pay your tax, and if you don’t pay your tax, we’re going to issue a warrant,” Williams said. “In fact, I’m not quite certain that it would be legal by today’s standards.”

Text Only
Local News
Suwannee Democrat
Jasper News
Mayo Free Press
Arrest Record

AP Video
Must Read
Business Marquee
Election 2014
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
House Ads
Twitter Updates

Do you think the city of Live Oak should have a city-manager form of government or leave it as a city-administrator form of government?

Change to a city-manager.
Keep it as city-administrator.
Don’t care either way.
What are you talking about?
     View Results