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If your property is situated outside the city limits, your property will be taxed by the county. The school district and hospital taxes are also collected by the county.
a. Over 65 Residence Homestead Exemption –To qualify, you must own your home on January 1st, the property owner must be 65 years of age or older and the property be their homestead. The property owner may also file for a Tax Deferral Affidavit which defers the collection of taxes if they own and occupy the residence.
b. Disabled Veteran Exemption - The exemption amount is based on the percentage of disability.
Real Property accounts that become delinquent on February 1 and remain delinquent on July 1 of the tax year incur the additional penalty for attorney fees of 15% on July 1. In cases where a law suit has been filed for prior year delinquencies, the additional 15% penalty for attorney fees will be assessed at February 1. Any supplemental taxes that become delinquent on or after June 1 also incur the additional penalty for attorney fees after the collector sends the required notices.
State law provides that failure to send or receive a tax bill does not affect the validity of the tax, penalty or interest due by an individual, the tax delinquency date, the existence of a tax lien, or any procedure the taxing unit institutes to collect the tax. Property owners who do not receive a tax bill and their taxes are not being paid by a mortgage company or bank should call our office so that we may mail or fax them a statement of the taxes due.
The payment deadlines are as follows: The 1st installment must be paid no later than January 31st. The 2nd installment must be paid no later than March 31st. The 3rd installment must be paid no later than May 31st. The 4th installment must be paid no later than July 31st.
Please Note: If an installment payment is late, a 6% penalty will be added plus 1% interest for every month delinquent.