Fight Over Haywood County Tax Collector Continues
Haywood County's tax collector position is unique - it's the only tax collector office in North Carolina that is still elected. Similar positions in the state's other 99 counties are appointed. Whether that will remain the same is at the heart of a battle between the current holder of that office - Republican Mike Matthews - and Democrats who hold the majority of Haywood County commissioner seats. Smoky Mountain News reporter Corey Vaillancourt brings us the latest on the story, which started as a fight over Matthews background and job performance, but could now end up making the tax collector position appointed instead of elected.