This decision came after Aragon Mayor Ken Suffridge worked with tax attorney Joe Marion of Rome to convince the IRS of the financial burden this would place on the city.
Suffridge said the release of the lien does not eliminate the debt, however, it does remove the burden of a new year in an unenviable financial position.
Marion said he presented facts supporting Suffridge’s leadership and commitment to the citizens of Aragon.
“His approach to problem solving helped lead the IRS to reassess their position and release the levy,” Marion said.
Suffridge said a similar situation in 2012 helped him decide to meet with Marion.
On May 1, 2012, the mayor discovered Aragon was behind in its withholding tax payments to the Georgia Department of Revenue.
“We negotiated a settlement with the State, including a penalty waiver,” Suffridge said. “This saved the city $25,000.”
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