Norfolk announces vehicle boots for delinquent taxpayers

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The city of Norfolk is cracking down on residents who are delinquent on their personal property taxes.

Norfolk Treasurer Anthony Burfoot announced a new initiative Tuesday to collect millions of dollars owed to the city. And people who haven’t paid up, will get a metal boot on their vehicle.

“There is more than $4.5 million in back taxes owed to this city,” Burfoot said in a press release. “This is money the City needs to provide services to our citizens. … Right now, we are targeting over 100 businesses and private citizens that are delinquent for multiple years.”

Chesapeake and Portsmouth already use the boot to disable vehicles with overdue taxes. Elizabeth City, N.C. also uses the boot system.

Norfolk will start using the boot system on February 17. Vehicles will be towed within 24 hours, unless past due taxes are paid.

For further information, contact the city treasurer’s office at 757-664-7800.

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