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2009 Chatham County tax bills coming soon

Posted Thursday, August 6, 2009

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Some taxpayers will pay more despite a drop in the tax rate due to recent property revaluations

Pittsboro, NC — Chatham County residents should receive their 2009 county tax bills by the end of August, according to Chatham County Tax Administrator Tina Stone.

The current tax rate is 60.22 cents per $100 valuation, down from 65.3 cents last year. The Chatham County Board of Commissioners reduced the tax rate to help offset some of the impact of the 2009 revaluation of real property.


Despite the overall tax rate reduction, some Chatham County property owners will have larger tax bills due to increased property values as determined by the Chatham County government. These reevaluations may not represent the true market values in today's economic climate.

With the declines in county revenues due to the recession, the commissioners reduced the general fund budget by 7% (excluding debt payments). They increased overall school funding by 4% to ensure that all school facility projects can stay on schedule and to help lessen the impact of major state budget cuts for schools.

Stone said that tax bills will reflect the new property values determined during revaluation as well as the reduced tax rate. “Property owners who disagreed with their property values had several avenues for appealing the new values through June of 2009. Those that did not appeal during this 2009 appeal period must wait to appeal their real property values in 2010, but any changes would only affect 2010 taxes and beyond, not 2009 taxes.”

Stone said that it is important for taxpayers to carefully review their tax bills after receiving them. If they identify problems, contact the Tax Office as soon as possible by calling 919-542-8250 or 919-542-8260. In some cases, taxpayers will receive one bill covering both real estate property and personal property (such as a boat or mobile home), while some will receive separate bills for different properties.

For residents living outside incorporated towns offering municipal waste collection, the county property tax bill includes the county’s annual Solid Waste Fee. The county allows an exemption from the fee when a residence is not habitable or it has been vacant for more than two years.

To qualify for the Solid Waste Fee exemption, taxpayers must file an application with Chatham County Waste Management by January 5, 2010. Applications received after this deadline will not qualify. The Waste Management has included an insert in the tax bill with highlights of its budget, services and the results of recent survey of collection center customers.

While the deadline to appeal real estate property tax values has already passed, taxpayers can still appeal the value, location or taxability of personal property within 30 days of the tax billing date (posted on the bill). Personal property includes mobile homes, boats and motors, airplanes, unlicensed vehicles, or business personal property.

“It is important for people to know that deadlines to appeal real property and personal property values are set by state law and we cannot negotiate on those,” Stone said.

Taxpayers are billed for any personal property they owned as of January 1, 2009. “If you owned a boat on January 1 of this year and sold it the next month, you still owe the full year of personal property taxes for that boat,” Stone said.

Real estate property taxes also are billed based on January 1, 2009 ownership, but if the property is sold a few months later, the attorney handling the closing usually requires the seller to pay a prorated share of taxes, with the buyer paying the remaining balance. “We strongly encourage the seller to send the property’s 2009 tax bill to the new owners immediately to avoid problems with delinquent taxes,” Stone said.

The Tax Office offers several methods of payment, including the chance to pay in installments. You can pay your taxes in partial payments by either mailing them to P.O. Box 697, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or visiting the Tax Office in Pittsboro in the Courthouse Annex. If making a partial payment, please include your tax ID account number, found on your tax bill, on all of your payments.

Those paying in installments must complete all payments by the January 5, 2010 deadline, as required by state law. Those who do not pay in full by the deadline will be subject to additional charges and enforcement procedures.

The tax collection staff will begin reviewing accounts in January and will enforce collection requirements earlier than in the past. Accounts not paid on January 6, 2010 may be subject to enforcement procedures.

“This means it is very important for customers wishing to pay in installments to begin as soon as they receive their tax bill in August and not wait until December or when the bill becomes past due on January 6th,” Stone advises.

For more information on tax payment options, including payment by credit card or bank draft, contact the Tax Collections Office at 919-542-8260 or visit the webpage

Residents not receiving their 2009 property tax bills by mid-September, should contact the Tax Office at 919-542-8250.

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