Late Bills Not an Issue for Staunton Residents

By: Mike Mueller
By: Mike Mueller

Staunton residents are concerned about a third extension on personal property taxes, but are even more weary about the continuous struggle between city council and Commissioner of Revenue Ray Ergenbright.

"It's costing the city money," says Staunton resident Baldwin Jennings. "This city does not have a lot of money to be wasted. We have other projects that we would be putting the money into other than paperwork."

Staunton residents already forked over $150,000 for the city's new database system for taxes. Still, personal property taxes are not out.

"They did not do it in a timely fashion and were being late," says Staunton resident Ann Smith. "Whether the second software system is good, better, or worse, they are late."

Late for a third time, partly due to the short time the city had to convert the new system. The other part, contrasting views between city council and Ergenbright over how to get the bills out.

"There's too many egos involved," says Smith. "People do not want to give up there position and really find the best way to solve the problem."

"It's like seeing children fighting on a playground," adds resident Doug Smith. "You know there is some reason for it, but mainly it's because of immaturity. These people are paid professionals, so why in the world can they not sit down to resolve this issue?"

Ergenbright says he certified the tax book two months ago under the older system. The city says that could cost you even more money by billing them that way and would negate the time and money put into new conversion.

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