County missing half property tax paymentsPublished 2:41pm Friday, December 24, 2010
If you still have to pay your property taxes this year, Tallapoosa County Revenue Commissioner Linda Harris has a warning you: expect long lines.
Harris estimated that about half of the county have paid their property taxes as of Thursday afternoon. That means the other half must pay by Jan. 3 to avoid the taxes before they become delinquent.
“That’s a little better than the last two years, but there’s still a lot left that have to pay,” Harris said. “We’re going to have long lines during the last week. In the past, we’ve had some folks who had to wait more than an hour just to pay their taxes.”
Harris said that residents could avoid the long lines in two ways.
First, the county will accept mailed payments as long as they are postmarked by Dec. 31. Harris also asked that those who mail payments include a self-addressed stamped envelope so they can mail receipts back them.
“All of the mailed payments won’t be posted until some time around Jan. 10,” Harris said. “We usually get a lot of mail in the last week.”
The other option is to make payments online using their Visa, MasterCard or Discover cards at www.tallapoosataxandprobate.com.
“There is a small fee because we use PayPal to handle the transactions, but it will save you the time and hassle of waiting in line here at the courthouse,” Harris said.
The deadline to pay property taxes is usually Dec. 31, but the deadline has been extended until Jan. 3 because the office will be closed next Friday due to the New Year’s holiday.
“Because we are closed on the deadline day, we’ve extended it to the following Monday,” Harris said.
The Revenue Commissioner’s office only has three employees not including Harris – two for the tax collecting office and one for the appraisal office. During this busy time, Harris even works a window to help cut down on the lines.
“We’re going to be really busy during the next week,” Harris said. “We hope many will be able to take advantage of the other payment options.”