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TAX COLLECTOR REPORTS ON TIMELY AND LATE PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS


TAX COLLECTOR REPORTS ON TIMELY AND LATE PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS


04/12/00 - BARTOW

Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County, Florida reports that close to 92% of Polk County real estate property taxes and over 95% of tangible personal property taxes were paid on time this year.

All told, over $283 million in payments were received by the Tax Collector's Office before April 1st.

The outstanding taxes due stand at just over $23 million from more than 58,000 real estate property and tangible personal property accounts.

?I first want to take the time to say thank you to all those taxpayers who got their payments in on- time, it is greatly appreciated,? Tedder said. ?And then I want to encourage those who have not paid their property taxes to mail them in now before even more interest and charges are applied to their payments.?

Based on state law, real estate property owners who make a late payment on or before May 30th will be charged 3% interest plus advertising costs. If payments are not received on or before May 30th, the delinquent tax bills will be sold at the tax certificate sale, which begins May 31st. Property owners would then be obligated to pay the principle amount of tax and late charges due plus the interest (up to 18%) established by bid at the tax certificate sale.

Meanwhile, tangible personal property owners who make late payments are assessed 1.5% interest per month plus advertising costs and fees.

Anyone who has questions about property tax payments may telephone the Tax Collector's Office at (863) 534-4721 in Bartow.

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