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Error results in Jackson Co. towns being overpaid

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The figures were supposed to help calculate property tax money owed to each city. The figures were supposed to help calculate property tax money owed to each city.
JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

An error in the Jackson County Revenue Commissioner's Office has the office asking some towns in the county to pay back more than $230,000.

A routine two-year audit by the state brought the error to light, but that has area cities and towns facing the proposition of paying up what they thought was theirs.

Jackson County Revenue Commissioner Ron Crawford said the mistake came from confusing numbers inputted into the department's computers.

The figures were supposed to help calculate property tax money owed to each city.

In all, 13 municipalities were paid a total of more than $232,000 more than they should have been.

Scottsboro got a bulk of that - some $188,000.

Crawford was extremely apologetic for the error.    

He said his department worked hard with the auditors and everyone involved to correct it.

"It should be clear, clean, and be able to see it better than we have in the past.  And so we've worked hard to make sure that this won't happen again," he said.

Twelve of the cities have since paid back the money.

The city of Scottsboro and the city school board are expected to vote as early as next week to authorize payment back to the county.

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