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Property Taxes Are Now Due And Payable

BARTOW, Florida/PR Free/November 1, 2005

Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector, announced that annual property tax notices to all of Polk County's property owners were mailed out on November 1st.

"Property owners should be receiving their bills in the mail in the coming days", said Tedder. "We want taxpayers to make sure they get a bill on or before November 14th."

The property tax bill mailing went out this week to over 389,650 property owners.

A separate bill is sent out for each parcel or account. However, failure to receive a tax notice for a particular parcel or account does not relieve the property owner of their obligation to pay their taxes. Florida law makes taxpayers responsible for knowing that their property taxes are due and payable each year.

"While the responsibility is on the property owner to make sure that they receive a bill," Joe Tedder states, "our office works hard each year, to notify the public when tax bills are sent out and due. And because of the way the law is written, the burden remains with the property owner to notify our office should they fail to receive a bill."

Taxes for 2005 have a total taxable amount of $523,754,064, as compared to last year's tax roll which had a total taxable amount of $432,892,690. The increases this year reflect an increase both in appraised values across the county as well as millage rates levied by the various taxing authorities. This year's tax roll represents a 21% increase in taxes and assessments billed from the prior year.

Tedder's office also provides an insert with the tax notice to help answer taxpayer questions. The insert provides instructions and information, including a listing of taxing and levying authorities and their telephone numbers, as well as a brief description of taxes and/or assessments that may appear on an individual's tax bill.

Property owners who do not receive their property tax notice(s) by Monday, November 14th should contact the Tax Collector's Office at one of the following local access telephone numbers (863 area code):

Bartow 534-4721; Lakeland 603-6498; Lake Wales 678-4671; Winter Haven; and, Haines City 298-7578.

The Tax Collector's Office began accepting 2005 property tax payments in its branch offices as of the beginning of business hours on Tuesday, November 1st. Payments are also made as follows:

BY MAIL - Please use the return envelope and make sure to mail the lower part of your notice form(s) to the Tax Collector's Office for validating when paying taxes.

ON-LINE - Go to and follow the on-line payment directions.

IN PERSON - Payments are accepted at the Tax Collector's Bartow Main Office, located at 430 E. Main Street; Lakeland Branch Office in the Polk County Government Center at 930 E. Parker Street, Room 261; Lake Wales Branch Office in the Polk County Government Center at 658 Highway 60, W.; and, the Haines City Branch Office, located at 74 Maxcy Plaza Circle. For customer convenience, tax payments may also be placed in a DROP BOX provided inside the Winter Haven Tag Agency, located at 300 Avenue M, NW. For maps to these locations or other information related to your property taxes, please visit the Tax Collector's web site (

NOTE: If paying in person, bring both parts of your notice form(s).

Beginning April 1, 2006, all unpaid property taxes become delinquent.


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