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The Personal Property Enforcement Program seeks to collect unpaid taxes from previously unregistered vehicles.
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The Personal Property Enforcement Program seeks to collect unpaid taxes from previously unregistered vehicles.

Strolling through the streets surrounding Colonial Village Apartments, Jeanette Jones stops at a gray Cadillac and starts scribbling on her clipboard.

"So it's an out-of-state tag. I'm going to write it down, investigate it, see if I can find an Arlington address and send him a letter to see if he lives here, he'll have to register the vehicle," she says.

It's called the Personal Property Enforcement Program, an effort to identify automobiles that have not registered with the county and collect unpaid taxes. Tax specialist Squietta Terry says the program is about creating a sense of equity.

"It's not fair that someone that's actually residing here to garage their vehicle here and not pay their taxes like everyone else to have use of the county services like everyone else."

Since Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy created the program seven years ago, it's collected more than $6 million in lost revenue.

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