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McDuffie County tax notices to arrive soon

Beware: Soon you will be receiving another dun in the mail. It won't be a lot different than most bills. In fact, it will carry a late penalty just like ordinary monthly bills.

But unlike those types of bills, it's one that could carry with it serious consequences if it's not paid within a certain amount of time.

Property owners will recognize these duns as tax notices, informing them of what they owe county government on their acreage, homes and businesses.

In McDuffie County, property owners will begin receiving such tax notices any day now.

Approximately 14,000 tax bills have been prepared and were to have been sent out this week, according to Tax Commissioner Sandra Whitaker.

A few days ago, Mrs. Whitaker went to Atlanta, where she presented the county's digest to officials with the Georgia Department of Revenue. She said state officials reviewed it and accepted it, which allowed her office to proceed with preparing the tax notices.

Those receiving tax bills will have 60 days to pay or face late fees. Property owners who refuse to pay their tax bills could have their property levied by the county and sold at public auction.

In the past, tax notices had been sent out earlier in the year, but the county tax assessor's office needed more time to prepare assessments. Katherine Perry, the chief tax assessor, requested and received two 30-day extensions to have the necessary documents ready for processing by Mrs. Whitaker's staff.

This year, property owners will be digging a little deeper into their funds because tax bills will be higher.

Web posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009

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