Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell made it a central tenet of his gubernatorial campaign not to raise taxes. And his administration has touted closing a budget shortfall during this year’s General Assembly session without raising taxes.
But what about collecting them?
Paige Winfield Cunningham at Old Dominion Watchdog reports that treasurers say the state could be more efficient in how it collects taxes from scofflaws.
In fiscal 2009, the private firm CGI collected just $37 million out of $237 million in unpaid taxes, and held onto $11.5 million.
Hanover county treasurer Scott Miller and others say the state should take a closer look at using localities to go after scofflaws.
But Richard Dotson, Virginia’s assistant commissioner of compliance, says he wants more evidence that a partnership with localities would be beneficial.
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