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State tax agency to request $2.7 million to hire collectors

| November 16, 2010 8:00 PM

BOISE (AP) - A State Tax Commission official says the agency will request $2.7 million in the upcoming Legislature to permanently take on workers who were hired on a temporary basis to collect unpaid taxes.

Randy Tilley, administrator of the agency's Audit and Collections Division, says the agency will request an additional $2.3 million to hire another 48 temporary workers next year.

Earlier this month, Tilley said temporary workers had brought in more than $5.5 million at a cost of just $157,092 over a three-month period that began July 1. The collection goal for the temporary workers was $1.266 million.

He presented the information to the Legislature's joint budget writing committee on Monday.

Lawmakers will likely use that information in deciding whether to dedicate funding to make all of this year's temporary positions permanent and hire more temporary workers.

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