Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Trustee Says Tax Bills Are Going Out

The Putnam County Trustee's office is mailing out 2010 property tax notices this week. Trustee Freddie Nelson says the taxes are now due and payable, but do not become delinquent until after February 28th of 2011. Beginning March 1st of next year, any unpaid property tax will begin to accrue interest and penalties at the rate of 1.5 percent per month until paid. Nelson says 2009 property taxes can also still be paid in the trustee's office through March 31st. Nelson also says that seniors should check with his office to see if they qualify for the state's tax relief program. For this year, the income limit to qualify for that program is $26,830. The Putnam County commission has also appropriated additional funding to the program to assist senior citizens who own property. Nelson says if a senior qualifies for the state program, they will also qualify for some assistance through the county. He says disabled veterans and disabled homeowners may also qualify for tax relief. Taxes may be paid by mail or in person at the trustee's office in the courthouse. Owners who have purchased property during 2010 and do not receive a tax notice may call the Trustee's office at 526-8845. And anyone who hasn't received their tax notice by the first of November should also contact the office.