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Taxpayers Should Look For Property Tax Bills In Mailboxes This Week

BARTOW, Florida/ PR Free/ October 27, 2011

Polk County Tax Collector Joe G. Tedder reports that the 2011 property tax notices to all of Polk County's property owners are being mailed out on October 29. "Property owners should be looking for their bills in the mail very soon," says Tedder. "We make every effort to inform taxpayers that their taxes are due regardless of whether they receive their bill. Florida law clearly places the burden of responsibility for payment of taxes on the property owner. So, every year we remind taxpayers to contact our offices if they do not receive their bill."

This week, 334,674 property tax bills will go out in the mail to Polk's property owners. Property owners who have opted to pay by installment will not receive a November bill; instead, they will be notified of third quarter installment payments due December 1.

Taxes for 2011 have a total taxable amount of $514,206,073 as compared to last year's tax roll which had a total taxable amount of $ 544,666,391. This year's tax roll represents a 6% decrease in taxes and assessments billed from the prior year and down 27% from three years ago.

Tedder's office also provides an informational insert with the tax notice to help answer taxpayer questions. The insert includes 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 14 should contact the Tax Collector's Office. Local callers may call (863) 534-4700; callers outside the local access area may call toll free (855) 765-5829 [855-POLK-TAX]. Property owners can also go to the Tax Collector website, where they can print out a copy of their tax bill(s).

On Tuesday, November 1, the Tax Collector's Office will begin accepting 2011 property tax payments which may 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

Beginning April 1, 2012, all unpaid property taxes for the 2011 tax year become delinquent.


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