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Friday, October 24, 2014

Martha Thornton

Tax assessor retires after 38 years

A retirement reception was held Thursday for Lafayette County Tax Assessor/Collector Martha Thornton who has worked in the Tax Assessor/Collector’s Office for 26 years prior to being elected as tax assessor/collector 12 years ago. (December 16, 2011, Page 1A)

Property tax statements on the way

The Lafayette County Tax Assessor/ Collector’s Office has mailed out its 2011 property tax statements. Property owners have until Feb. 1 to pay their taxes without penalty. (November 29, 2011, Page 2)

Another supervisor voted out

Lafayette County Supervisor Ray Sockwell lost to Mike Roberts in Tuesday night’s runoff election. He’s the third incumbent supervisor to be voted out of office this election cycle. Sylvia Baker won her bid against Lisa Hickman Spragins to become Lafayette County’s Tax Assessor/Collector. Read about all the runoff election results in today’s Oxford EAGLE. (August 24, 2011, Page 1)

Races to be decided Tuesday

Voters will decide Tuesday who will be Lafayette County’s new tax assessor/collector during the runoff election. There are a total of four local races on the ballot. Voters will also finish choosing the Democratic nominee for governor and the Republican nominee for state treasurer. (August 22, 2011, Page 1A)

Time for a change

Lafayette County Tax Assessor/Collector Martha Thornton said, after 36 years, it’s time for new blood in the tax assessors’ office.

Thornton, who has served Lafayette County as its tax assessor and collector since 2000, will not be seeking reelection in this year’s county elections.

See a listing of all those who have filed qualifying papers for the 2011 county elections in today’s EAGLE. (January 31, 2011, Page 1)

Tax sale nets county nearly $500,000

During this year’s tax sale Aug. 30, the county took 917 parcels to the sale and collected $490,000, compared to last year’s sale, when 977 parcels were sold for $338,000.

The sign of troublesome economic times is evident at the yearly tax sales. While there wasn’t much of a difference between 2009 and 2010, there was a big jump from the 2008 tax sale when 517 parcels sold for $172,612. (September 7, 2010, Page 1)

Closed plant gets tax break

The Whirlpool Corporation got a $6 million assessment break Monday morning when the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed to cut the tax assessment of the building and land down from $13 million to $7,750,000. (August 3, 2010, Page 1)

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