We granted certiorari to review the holding of the Court of Appeals that the Tax Collector of Long County was not entitled to commissions on 1976 taxes collected by him in 1977. Long County v. Nobles, 147 Ga. App. 768 (250 SE2d 512) (1978)
The petitioner was the tax collector for Long County for several years. During this time, his compensation was based on a percentage of the taxes collected for each year. Ga. L. 1975, p. 4025, effective January 1, 1977, abolished the system by which the tax collector of Long County was compensated by commissions on the taxes collected and placed him on a salary basis.
The Court of Appeals cited Hale v. Davison, 231 Ga. 505 (202 SE2d 411) (1973)
in support of its decision that the petitioner is not entitled to the commissions claimed in his complaint. However, the Hale case involved an attempt to recover commissions on past due taxes, whereas in the instant case the taxes were currently due. Further, in the resent case the appellant was still charged with the responsibility for all taxes assessed during the year 1976 and was not relieved of this responsibility until May 17, 1977. Through no delay or fault on the part of the petitioner, the tax digest was not approved in time for all taxpayers to make timely payments during 1976. To deny petitioner his commissions on 1976 taxes timely paid, even though this time extended into 1977, would deprive him of compensation for his work during 1976. Accordingly, we hold that the petitioner is entitled to receive commissions on 1976 taxes timely received until May 17, 1977.