McDuffie County Tax Assessor Board Member Richard C. "Rick" Murphy has resigned as a board member.
Mr. Murphy, who had been a member of the local board since 2000, submitted his letter of resignation to board members through the mail.
During last Friday's tax assessors' monthly meeting, Board Member Bob Ballard made a motion that Mr. Murphy's letter of resignation be accepted. It was seconded by Ruby Harbin, noting she was doing so "reluctantly."
In his letter of resignation, addressed to Mrs. Harbin, which was dated Sept. 27 and effective immediately, he wrote:
"I am sure you are aware of the circumstances leading up to this decision," Mr. Murphy said in his letter. "It would serve in the best interest of the board and myself if I distanced from any perceived connection with the taxation of citizens of this community."
Mr. Murphy had owned a Thomson business, which recently was closed by officials with the Georgia Department of Revenue for allegedly failing to pay more than $118,000 in state sales and user taxes, according to Charles Willey, director of public affairs for the state agency. Inventory from that business later was sold at an auction.
During his seven years on the local tax assessors' board, Mr. Murphy said serving on the board had been a learning experience and "a pleasurable one."
He also commended the dedicated service of both Mrs. Harbin and Mr. Ballard, who have served a number of years on the assessors' board. In addition, he also commended the "outstanding job" of Katherine Perry, who serves as chief appraiser of the McDuffie County Board of Tax Assessors. He said she has trained her staff, accordingly, too.
"The future of the Board of Assessors in McDuffie County is in good hands, and I wish for all of you only the best," Mr. Murphy said in his closing remark.