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Three candidates campaign for tax commissioner seat
by Angela Spencer
July 18, 2012 09:24 AM | 2312 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand is being challenged in this election by two opponents — John Jamont and R.J. Morris.

Ferdinand has been tax commissioner since 1997 and said he is proud of the work he has done.

“I have made sure that year after year the county, the school board and the city of Atlanta and Johns Creek and Sandy Springs have all the tax revenue to provide services without interruption,” he said.

Some initiatives he has been working on and said he would continue to work on should he be re-elected are an interactive real-time website and an interactive voice system to help people pay their taxes in a timely fashion.

“I try to make it easier for people to fulfill their legal obligations,” he said.

Johns Creek resident John Jamont is an engineer and runs a construction company, but started looking into the way taxes were collected when his mother got a letter in the mail back in 2000 about unknown tax delinquencies.

“I‘m not doing this for revenge but I’m doing this for the community,” he said.

Jamont educated himself on the laws and said he woke up the day of qualifying believing he should run for tax commissioner.

“I’m going to clean the laws. I would not sell the tax liens to a third party,” he said. “No money can buy me because I know my mother’s cry.”

Morris has also had experience with property taxes in Fulton County and has been acting as a tax agent and pro-bono tax activists for those who believe they have been unfairly assessed.

“You should pay every penny you owe, not a penny more,” he said.

Through his work as a tax agent, Morris said he has seen people who he believes have been put in impossible positions to pay their taxes.

“People say property taxes is a guaranteed revenue stream, but at what cost,” he said.

Morris said payment plans are important to help homeowners who are not prepared to pay one lump sum, and he thinks it is important to offer those payment plans before selling tax liens to a third party.

“First and foremost before we are a tax collector we are public servants,” he said.

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