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Chatham County mailing tax bills

Posted Friday, August 5, 2005

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County residents can expect to receive their 2005 county tax bills as early as next week, according to Tax Administrator Kim Horton. The earlier mailing date should give taxpayers more time to prepare and budget for payment by the due date, January 5, 2006. The tax rate is 59.7 cents per $100 valuation.

Last year’s tax rate was 64.64 cents per $100 valuation. Chatham County just completed a revaluation of real property. The revenue neutral tax rate (the tax rate needed to generate the same amount of property tax revenue had revaluation not occurred) is 55.7 cents per $100 valuation. The additional four cents will be used to pay for capital projects approved by the Board of Commissioners, including:

• A new elementary school in Siler City

• A new middle school in northeast Chatham County

• A new, larger cafeteria for Jordan Matthews High School

• Renovations to Horton Middle School

• Phase I improvements for the County’s business park in Siler City

• A new Community College Job Training Center in Siler City (to be located within the County’s business park)

• A new building for the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College (CCCC)

• An expansion of the Social Services building

• A new Judicial Facility

• A joint CCCC/County Library

Upon receiving their bills, taxpayers should carefully review them and notify the Tax Office of any problems as soon as possible, Horton urges.

The County allows an exemption from the solid waste fee when a dwelling is uninhabitable or has been vacant for more than two years. To be eligible for the exemption, taxpayers must file an application with the Tax Office by January 5, 2006. Fees will not be waived for applications received after this deadline.

Taxpayers will also find an insert in their bills with information about the County’s Waste Management program.

If real property has been sold since January 1, 2005, the seller should send the tax bill to the new owner immediately.

The Tax Office offers several methods of payment. One method allows taxpayers to pay their bill in installments. The Tax Office accepts partial payments which are mailed in (P.O. Box 697, Pittsboro, NC 27312) or brought to the Tax Office in Pittsboro. If making a partial payment, please include your account number on your check. The installment plan does not change the state-mandated deadline for payment of taxes, which is January 5, 2006. Tax bills must be paid in full by this date to avoid additional charges and enforcement procedures.

Other methods for paying your taxes include the following. They should not be used for partial payments.

• Mail the payment with payment stub to the address in the return envelope provided.

• Call a toll-free number to pay by credit card. The number to call for this service will be shown on your tax bill. A nominal fee will be charged for using a credit card.

• Go to the Chatham county web site and click on the Pay Taxes Online link. A nominal fee will be charged for using a credit card.

• Use the drop box located in the parking lot behind the Annex Building in Pittsboro.

• Mail the payment to the Tax Collector’s Office (P.O. Box 697, Pittsboro, NC 27312).

• Pay in person at the Tax Office in Pittsboro.

• Pay by bank draft. Go to the County’s website and click the link to information about paying by bank draft.

 
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