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Look For Property Tax Bills In Mailboxes This Week

BARTOW, Florida/ PR Free/ October 29, 2012

Polk County Tax Collector Joe G. Tedder reports 2012 property tax notices to Polk County's property owners are being mailed out on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

"Property owners should be receiving their bills in the mail this week," says Tedder. Each year, Tedder and his staff announce the mailing of tax bills to property owners, knowing that up to 1% of the bills each year will come back as not deliverable due to incorrect addresses. Tedder reminds taxpayers that their taxes are due, whether they receive a tax bill or not, citing Florida law which clearly places the burden of responsibility for payment of taxes on the property owner.

Tedder's staff reports that over 331,230 property tax bills will go out in the mail this week. The only exceptions to this are those property owners who have opted to pay by an installment plan. For them, no November bill will be sent; instead, they will be notified of third quarter installment payments due December 1.

Taxes for 2012 have a total taxable amount of $492,357,950 as compared to last year's tax roll which had a total taxable amount of $514,206,073. This year's tax roll represents a 4% decrease in taxes and assessments billed from the prior year and down 11% from three years ago.

Included in the mailing, the tax 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 Thursday, November 15 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 Thursday, November 1, the Tax Collector's Office will begin accepting 2012 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 Service Center in the Polk County Government Center at 930 E. Parker Street, Room 261; Lake Wales Service Center at 658 Highway 60, W.; and, the Haines City Service Center, 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, 2013, all unpaid property taxes for the 2012 tax year become delinquent.


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