Special to SEGAZINE
Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen and her husband, District 3 Commissioner Charles Allen, both agreed to resign Tuesday.
The Board of Commissioners announced the Allens’ resignations after a closed executive session with attorneys at the end of Tuesday’s meeting. Augusta attorney Jack Long arrived with a sheaf of settlement agreements already signed by the Allens, who were not present.
Commission Chairman Ron Cross said the agreement brings to an end the county’s dispute with Kay Allen over more than $160,000 in fees she was paid by the cities of Harlem and Grovetown since 2009 for providing tax collection services. Commissioners contended Allen’s additional compensation from the cities violated a state law that regulated such agreements, and that the money should have been remitted to the county instead.