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Property tax deadline approaching

Posted: November 9, 2011 - 1:54pm  |  Updated: November 9, 2011 - 4:24pm
Virginia Ragnauth pays her property taxes at the Columbia County Tax Commissioner's Office. The deadline to pay taxes in Tuesday.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Virginia Ragnauth pays her property taxes at the Columbia County Tax Commissioner's Office. The deadline to pay taxes in Tuesday.

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Less than a week remains until the Tuesday deadline for Columbia County property owners to pay property taxes.
“It’s going very well,” county Tax Commissioner Kay Allen said of the stream of payments her offices in Evans and Appling are receiving.
Allen said more than 90 percent of taxpayers make the annual November deadline.
As of Monday, about 73 percent of property owners had paid.
However, Allen said there have been some warning signs that a larger than typical number of taxpayers might miss the deadline this year.
“We are having some calls by people unable to pay, but we’re encouraging them to pay something,” she said. “We’re encouraging them to have it all paid by Valentine’s Day before the 10 percent penalty attaches.”
Those who miss the tax deadline must start paying a 1 percent penalty fee per month on the unpaid balance. After 90 days, a 10 percent penalty is added to the 1 percent already imposed.
Should a property owner continue to not pay taxes, the tax commissioner can impose a lien on the property.
Payments can be made in person 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the tax office in the Evans Government Center, 630 Ronald Reagan Drive, Building C. The Appling tax office, 1959 Appling Harlem Highway, will accept payments 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Friday and Tuesday.
Drop boxes are available at the government center near Building A and Building C.
Payments can be made by phone, (706) 261-8299, or online, www.colubiacountyga.gov, using a credit card, but Allen warns that credit companies charge $3 and about 2.5 percent of the bill amount as a fee.
Allen said she expects her office to take in about $101 million in property, motor vehicle and timber taxes this year. That money will be shared between the county, school system, fire department, Harlem and Grovetown.

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