Wilson County Trustee Jim Major announced Monday that his office has collected 57 percent of property taxes owed the county for 2013 – a whopping $45,603,448 out of a possible $80,697,831.
The amount is up 2 percent from the 55 percent collected by January of last year. Major said that by the time property taxes are totaled in March, he anticipates that 57 percent to jump to 98 percent or higher.
“It is almost impossible to get 100 percent, but for the most part we don’t have any trouble,” he said. “Most of our payments come in the month of February.”
Citizens have until Friday, Feb. 28, to pay their property taxes, but Major strongly advises folks not to wait that long.
“The ones who wait until the last minute to pay will have to stand in line. On Feb. 28th, we will have a line out the door,” he said. “I wish more people who pay earlier by sending a check.”
Major said that those who are worried about paying the bulk of their property taxes should make a trip to his office immediately for assistance. “If someone is having a hard time, they should come by and see me,” he said of setting up a payment plan. “I have a team that works hard.”
He also mentioned that seniors who are age 65 and over and have a limited income of $27,800 or who are disabled should also inquire about eligibility for the county’s Property Tax Relief Program. To qualify, seniors must apply before April 7, 2014.
Seniors should bring proof of age and proof of income to apply. Disabled veterans should bring their identification and a copy of a letter showing disability.
“It could save them $100 – and for someone who is disabled or has a limited income $100 is a lot,” he said.
For more information call Major at 444-0894. Property taxes can now be paid by phone with a debit or credit card.
Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.