Property tax deadline looming

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 26, 2013

The deadline to pay ad valorem property taxes is less than a week away, and Covington County Revenue Commissioner Janice Hart said the office has seen a “typical” collection amount so far this year.

“We billed $11,194,223.14, and we still need $5,192,595.05,” she said.

Hart said with just over $6 million collected, the office is right on track for how payments usually roll in during the last week of December and the first week of January.

“We get most of our payments through the mail,” Hart said. “We’ve also had a few large companies call, and they should be bringing theirs in soon. We should be good.”

Hart did caution those who have yet to pay that a late fee will be assessed after the Dec. 31 deadline; however, payments received in January will not see an added fine as long as they are postmarked by the deadline.

Earlier this year, Revenue Commissioner’s office chief clerk Dianne Thompkins reminded mobile home owners that they too have until the end of December to pay taxes, provided they own the land where the home sits.

“People who owe ad valorem taxes on mobile homes, ones where the mobile home is on their own property, have until the end of December like everyone else,” Thompkins said.

Other mobile home owners faced a Nov. 30 deadline.

Hart said those still owing property taxes may make payments in person, or by mail, adding the option to pay by credit or debit card should be available in January.

The revenue commissioner’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. When paying by mail, send the bill or bills and payment to “Revenue Commissioner, 1 North Court Square, Suite G, Andalusia, AL 36420.”

Residents should also bring their bills to the courthouse, in order to expedite the process.

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