A struggle over power and accountability between the Fulton County tax chief and a north Fulton commissioner took another turn Wednesday.
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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has uncovered problems stemming from the sales of tax debts to private collection firms by the Fulton County Tax Commissioner’s Office. Previous articles described how homeowners didn’t know they owed overdue taxes until their homes were being auctioned and they owed thousands of dollars in penalties and interest to settle what started as small bills. Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand has also taken heat for being the state’s highest-paid elected official through personal fees from tax collections in Atlanta, Johns Creek and Sandy Springs. State lawmakers have tried in vain to end the practice, saying that he’s earning extra money using the county’s labor, equipment and materials.