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11/02/10 - BARTOW

Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector, announced that annual property tax notices to all of Polk County's property owners were mailed out on October 31.

"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 12th. Our staff 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." This year, the property tax bill mailing went out to over 425,644 property owners. Only property owners who have opted to pay by installment will not receive a November bill; third quarter installments are not due until December 1.

Taxes for 2010 have a total taxable amount of $544,666,391 as compared to last year's tax roll which had a total taxable amount of $ 616,693,658. This year's tax roll represents a 12% decrease 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 Friday, November 12 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, where they can print out a copy of their tax bill(s).

The Tax Collector's Office is accepting 2010 property tax payments in its main branch and other branch offices as of the first of November. Payments may also be 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 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 (

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

Beginning April 1, 2011, all unpaid property taxes for the 2010 tax year become delinquent.


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