Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen and her husband, Commissioner Charles Allen, have resigned.
Kay Allen has been at the center of controversy since she was accused of pocketing nearly $160,000 in fees for providing tax collection services in Harlem and Grovetown. Commissioners said that money belonged to the county, citing a state law that regulates additional compensation like the money Allen received.
According to an agreement reached Tuesday, Mrs. Allen will return half the money to the county and submit her resignation to Governor Nathan Deal. She gets to retire with all her state benefits. Allen said she and her husband have decided to jointly retire from public office. Their resignations are effective today.
Deal will decide when to schedule a special election for Tax Commission and District 3 Commissioner.