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Property taxes due Nov. 15

By Sherri Ellington Tax bills are due Thursday, Nov. 15, leaving property owners just five more weeks to get them paid. Interest on unpaid taxes kicks in on Monday, Dec. 3. Taxes that are not paid by the first week of March will be slapped with a $25 fi fa charge ‘“ which can end up on a taxpayer’s credit report for up to seven years ‘“ and a 10% penalty. Those who receive their bills and cannot pay them in a lump sum should come into the tax commission office to contract a payment plan before the due date. It is best to pay them before November. Those who have not received their tax bills should call the tax office at 770-358-5162 so a copy can be re-mailed. In all, 9,159 tax bills were mailed, totaling $10,725,643.22. Of this, $70,477.14 goes to the state, $4,020,991.26 goes to Lamar County and $6,634,097.22 goes to the schools. Last year over 9,000 tax bills were mailed out by the tax commissioner’s office. The 2012 net digest was okayed at $442,038,535. This number reflects the 40% taxable value on which the state, county and school board base their property tax revenue, not the full value of all property in Lamar. By contrast, last year’s 40% digest was $511,315,856 as compared to $558,249,980 in 2010. Taxpayers can pay their taxes Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the office or via the drive through or use the drop box after hours. Taxpayers can file for homestead exemptions at any time of year at the tax assessor’s office.

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