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Chatham County mails tax bills this week

Posted Monday, August 14, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County residents can expect to receive their 2006 county tax bills this 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 on January 5, 2007.

The tax rate is 59.7 cents per $100 valuation, which is the same as last year’s rate.

Horton 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. 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 certain properties.

The property tax bill includes the county’s annual solid waste fee, but 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 from this fee, taxpayers must file an application with the Tax Office by January 5, 2007. Waste fees will not be waived if applications are received after this deadline. The County’s Waste Management Department has included information about their services as an insert in the tax bills.

The opportunity to appeal real estate property tax values has already passed, but taxpayers may appeal the value, location or taxability of personal property within 30 days of receiving their property bills. Personal property includes mobile homes, boats and motors, airplanes, unlicensed vehicles, or personal property used in the production of income.

“It is important for people to know that this deadline is not negotiable,” Horton said. “You should not expect to appeal your boat value more than 30 days after getting your bill in the mail.”

Taxpayers are billed for any personal property they owned as of January 1, 2006. “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,” Horton said.

Real estate property taxes also are billed based on January 1, 2006 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 2006 tax bill to the new owner immediately to avoid problems with delinquent taxes.”

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 taking them to the Tax Office in Pittsboro.

If making a partial payment, please include your tax ID account number on your check, which is located on your tax bill. Under this plan, taxes must be completely paid by January 5, 2007, as required by state law. Those who do not pay in full by the deadline will be subject to additional charges and enforcement procedures.

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