Section 40-5-42Collection of taxes by action.
In cases where there is no provision by law authorizing the collection of taxes by an action, the taxes due to the state or to any county, city, town, special school district, or other special district may, after the same shall become delinquent, be collected by the state or by any county, city or town, or county or city board of education, by an action in any court of competent jurisdiction.
In addition to the remedy here given to public agencies for the collection of taxes due them by an action, the tax collector of every county is authorized to sue in his own name and in the capacity of his office for the recovery of all taxes collectable by his office which are due to any of the above agencies or any other public agency for which the tax collector is charged with the responsibility of collecting the tax. Such county tax collectors are also authorized to act in their own names and in the capacity of their office in any bankruptcy or other insolvency proceeding, or any other type of litigation or court proceedings wherein taxes due any public agency which are collectable by such a tax collector may be recovered, and to take such action in such proceedings as may be appropriate or necessary for the collection of such taxes due any of said agencies.
(Acts 1935, No. 194, p. 256; Code 1940, T. 51, §231; Acts 1967, No. 392, p. 979.)