More than 5 percent of Columbia County's taxes this year won't come from homeowners but will instead be the result of catalogs, tractors, golf carts, tools and even timber.
More than $4.7 million in taxes, or 5.38 percent of the county's taxes levied, will be collected from a Top 10 list of the county's highest value assessed properties.
"It's essentially the same players, just a little different position,'' said Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen.
At the top of the list this year is the catalog printing company Quebecor World Inc. on Evans to Locks Road, according to the latest records with the Columbia County Tax Commissioners office, which must still be adjusted with up-to-date utility company figures.
Quebecor's 2006 assessed value was $35.4 million with a total combined tax amount of $950,540.
Second on the list is John Deere Commercial Products, which is valued at $32.9 million and will pay a total combined tax amount of $883,885. Then there's Georgia Power, assessed at $27.7 million and paying taxes in the amount of $748,105, and Club Car Inc., which is assessed at $18.3 million and will pay $491,536 in taxes.
Rounding out the Top 10 list is Pollard Land Co., Bell South Telecommunications, Wal-Mart Real Estate Businesses, Georgia Iron Works, Walden Glenn LLC and Greenfield Industries.
Along with the more than 51,000 property owners in Columbia County, those on the Top 10 list of highest assessed properties will have a deadline of Nov. 15 to pay their county tax bills, which were recently mailed.
This year, the tax commissioner's office anticipates more than $77.16 million in collections, which will mark a new county record for property tax revenue, officials say.
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