10% of property taxes unpaid

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Those who have not paid their 2011 property taxes can expect to receive a delinquent notice in the coming days.

Covi-ngton County Revenue Commissioner Janice Hart said the notices were mailed Tuesday for the remainder of the more than $11 million in ad valorem taxes billed in October.

“As of right now, the outstanding taxes come out to $896,214 – or a little less than 10 percent of the totaled billed,” Hart said. “Comparatively, collections are as good as they were last year this time, if not a little bit ahead.”

Hart said the majority of the collections were squeezed in at the Dec. 30 deadline.

“But, that’s usually the case,” she said. “People like to hold on to their money as long as they can, which is understandable.”

Taxpayers still have the option to mail in payments, but Hart said to factor in the late fee. Property owners can call 334-428-2540 to learn the accurate amount due before sending payments by mail.

Checks or money orders should be made payable to “Revenue Commissioner” and mailed to Revenue Commissioner, 1 Court Square, Andalusia, AL 36420.

If taxes remain unpaid in April, the property is placed on the delinquent taxes list. If taxes are still unpaid, the property will be put up for sale at a delinquent tax sale in May.

Property taxes are distributed to the school systems, the county’s general fund and road/bridge fund, among other areas.