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2009 Property Tax Notices Are In The Mail

BARTOW, Florida/PR Free/October 29, 2009

The Tax Collector's Office announces that annual property tax notices have been mailed out to all of Polk County's property owners. "Everyone should be receiving their bills in the mail shortly," said Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County. "Every taxpayer should be receiving their bill on or before November 1st."

Taxpayers have the option of paying their tax bills this year, as in previous years, in person, by phone or mail, or via the internet website. However, everyone should be aware that VISA does not allow the Tax Collector's Office to take payments over the counter at its branch locations. If a taxpayer wishes to pay with a VISA card they must do so online or in the mail.

This year, 420,652 tax bills were mailed, down slightly from last year. Taxes for 2009 have a total taxable amount of $617,621,434 as compared to last year's tax roll which had a total taxable amount of $684,929,459. These numbers reflect a 9% reduction in the tax roll from the previous year.

Property owners are reminded that 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," Tedder states, "we make every effort to notify the public when tax bills are sent out and due. 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."

A property tax guide is included 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 Friday, November 13 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.

Property owners can also go to the Tax Collector website www.polktaxes.com, where they can print out a copy of their tax bill(s).

The Tax Collector's Office will begin accepting 2009 property tax payments in its main branch and other branch offices as of the beginning of business hours on Monday, November 2. 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 www.polktaxes.com and follow the online 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 (www.polktaxes.com).

Property taxes become delinquent on April 1, 2010.

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