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Tax chief to retire at end of month

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

Lincoln County Tax Administrator Madge Huffman will be stepping down from her post, effective Sept. 28, according to a press release issued Tuesday afternoon by the office of County Manager George Wood.
Huffman submitted her resignation to Wood and Board of Commissioners Chairman Alex Patton late Friday, the release noted. The notice of her intent to retire was given in a letter by email.
She has worked for the county’s Tax Department for more than 28 years, with more than seven of those being as the assistant tax administrator. She spent the last 13 years as the tax administrator.
“We appreciate the many years of dedicated service that Madge has given to Lincoln County,” Wood said in the release. “She has one of the toughest jobs in county government, as no one likes to pay property taxes. Madge is very knowledgeable on the North Carolina statutes that regulate the listing and appraisal of property, as well as the allowed methods of delinquent tax collection.”
“She has consistently collected a very high percentage of taxes within the first year of billing, and has followed up on delinquent taxes in a timely manner as well,” he continued. “This high collection rate has allowed the Board of Commissioners to keep a lower tax rate, as the money has been collected as planned. We wish her well in her retirement.”
Patton also noted his appreciation for her work, particularly regarding her “honesty, integrity and job knowledge,” as stated in the release.
Commissioners will now have to appoint an interim tax administrator while they go through the formal search process for a successor. Preparation of advertisements targeted at current tax assessors, collectors and administrators and their assistants in other counties across the state has already begun.
The position, which combines the statutory duties of the appraiser and the collector, is appointed for a two- or four-year term by the board and is supervised by Wood.

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