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Chatham County to begin property tax collection for Siler City in 2012

Posted Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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Pittsboro, NC - Effective Feb. 1, 2012 the Chatham County Tax Office will begin collecting annual property taxes for the Town of Siler City, with residents receiving just one property tax bill for town and county taxes next year. Chatham already collects property taxes for the towns of Pittsboro, Goldston and Cary.

On Nov. 21, the Siler City Town Board of Commissioners agreed to contract with Chatham County for this service. With the recent resignation of the Siler City tax collector, the town decided to accept the county’s offer to collect its property taxes, according to Siler City Manager Joel Brower.

The town estimates a future savings of approximately $50,000 per year for personnel, postage, printing and tax lien advertising.

Siler City property owners will continue making their annual tax payments to the city to the end of January 2012, said Chatham County Tax Administrator & Collector Frances Wilson.

“We are excited about the opportunity to serve Siler City and its residents as their tax collector,” said Wilson. “This is a win-win for both Siler City and Chatham County, because we already had to do substantial work to generate the tax bills for the town, but did not manage collection of the town’s taxes.”

Beginning with the 2012 tax bills, property owners in Siler City will receive one tax notice that will have both city and county taxes included. “Dealing with one tax bill instead of two will be helpful for busy residents,” Wilson said.

Chatham County will become responsible for the cost of mailing of the annual tax notices, the final notices and any required advertisement of tax liens for Siler City property taxes. Siler City will compensate the county based 0.2% of the taxes collected.

“We have met with Town Manager Joel Brower and other town staff to discuss the transition plan and I believe it will go smoothly,” Wilson said. “We will test and retest conversion of the town’s tax data for accuracy before we actually start collecting taxes for Siler City. This is the major task to complete and our software vendors are working closely together to make this happen.”

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