Commissioner settles tax debt with county |

Commissioner settles tax debt with county

Joe Moylan

Tom Mathers

Moffat County Commissioner Tom Mathers settled his debt Wednesday with the Moffat County Treasurer's Office for unpaid property taxes totaling approximately $11,000.

Mathers was delinquent in payment on four undeveloped, commercial lots he and two partners own near the Colorado Highway 13 bypass.

"I'm a busy man," Mathers said Wednesday. "I've got a lot of irons in the fire — personal, business and county-wise — which keeps me really, really busy.

"My partner has always taken care of the taxes in the past and I'd like to thank the (Craig) Daily Press for informing me of my delinquent status, which I settled with the treasurer's office this morning."

Linda Peters, Moffat County deputy treasurer, confirmed Wednesday that Mathers' tax balance is zero.

Mathers said there are many names on the treasurer's property tax delinquent list, which he attributes to rising taxes during tough economic times.

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"Some people look at me as being rich and I'm not," Mathers said. "It goes to show that the down economy and high taxes not only affects people who are struggling to get by. … The economy affects all people."

Peters said as of Wednesday there are approximately 120 names on the trailer, mineral and real estate tax delinquent lists collectively.

Mathers said he is confident people who are delinquent will get caught up.

"I know 99 percent of the people on the tax list will get paid up when they can," Mathers said.

Peters said residents have until Nov. 2 to catch up on their taxes. Unpaid claims go to auction Nov. 3.

Mathers also owns three other properties in the county, including Mathers Bar, his home in Craig, and a ranch at Great Divide.

Taxes on those properties were made on time, according to the treasurer's office.

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