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Delinquent taxpayers in La Vergne to be published online

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LA VERGNE, Tenn. -

Beginning April 2, the city of La Vergne in Rutherford County will post the names and addresses of those who have not paid their property taxes on their Web site.

It's part of the city's push to collect taxes on more than 1,000 properties.

Publishing the names and addresses of property owners who owe taxes is not a new tactic, but it's one the city hasn't used since the mid-90s.

"All we're asking is for you to pay your share," said La Vergne Mayor Senna Mosley, "That's what we're trying to show here."

Mosley told Nashville's News 2 in total, unpaid taxes from 2011 add up to over half a million dollars.

"That is money that we depend on to give services back to our citizens, so that's a large chunk of money," she explained.

The money is used for services such as paying for police officers and maintaining city parks.

"I think people ought to pay their taxes," said Mike Pickford, a La Vergne resident who agrees with the initiative.

However, some residents of La Vergne do not support this idea, especially since property taxes in the city doubled in July 2011.

"Right now people are struggling to put gas in their cars, what is it? Four dollars a gallon, plus, groceries have gone up," said La Vergne resident Fran Erny.

"I would be embarrassed, I would," said resident Carolina Fernandez, "Especially if I'm close to neighbors and they start asking questions [and] things like that. I don't want everybody to know my business."

Mosley told Nashville's News 2 the goal is not to shame people into paying, but rather to bring light to the issue of how unpaid taxes can impact services provided to citizens.

"Really, if you look at it, we're trying to say, ‘Hey, here's your last chance, come on let's pay it, let's save yourself some money' and move on," Mosley said.

Anyone who owes 2011 taxes has until April 2013 to pay them before the case is turned over to chancery court.

Anyone with questions can call La Vergne's tax department at 615-793-3388.

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