Property owners face fees after tax deadline

Delinquency list will run in The State Journal

State Journal staff report Published:

Property tax deadlines are approaching, and Sheriff Pat Melton encourages residents to avoid late fees.


County property taxes must be received by Wednesday to avoid penalties.

The office will be closed Monday and Tuesday in observance of the New Year holiday. Melton recommended delivering payment in person to the Sheriff’s Office at 669 Chamberlin Ave., but expect a line.

Any property taxes received between Jan. 3 and Jan. 31 – even if postmarked by the deadline – will incur a 5 percent penalty, and any payments received between Feb. 1 and April 15 will incur a 21 percent penalty. After April 15, all delinquent accounts will be turned over to the clerk.

A property tax bill of $2,000 would increase by $100 with the 5 percent penalty.

“That right there is a good incentive to hurry up and get them paid quickly,” Melton said.

The Sheriff’s Office had collected $26,169,306.10 in property taxes earlier this week.

“We’ve had a really, really good tax collection rate,” Melton said. “It’s been great.”


City property taxes are due Monday to 315 W. Second St.

Payments received after the deadline are subject to a 10 percent penalty. The city will also add 0.5 percent interest compounded monthly to all unpaid taxes.

After the first quarter, unpaid taxes will be published in The State Journal and handed over to the city attorney for collection.

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