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$3M in property taxes due this week

Property tax deadlines are looming, and there is more than $3 million in yet to be collected from local property owners, according to figures released from the Covington County Revenue Commission office last week.

As of Thursday, the office had collected $7.96 million of the $11.7 due, and property owners were steadily arriving at the courthouse, chipping away at the $3.75 million that was yet to be collected.

The deadline to pay property taxes without penalty is Dec. 31. For unpaid property taxes after Dec. 31, 2017, each parcel will incur a 1 percent interest charge and a $5 penalty per parcel.

Bills may be paid online at www.covcounty.com; by mail; or in person. To pay online or pay by credit card in the office, there will be a 2.35 percent processing fee.

The Covington County Courthouse is closed today, Tues., Dec. 26, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

“If your payment is postmarked by Dec. 31, we will process without any penalties,” Revenue Commissioner Chuck Patterson said. “Please remember that the lines in the courthouse will get longer the closer we get to the end of the month.”

Patterson said exemption forms are also due on Dec. 31.

“If you are applying for first time age 65 exemption, you will need proof of age (Alabama driver’s license) and your federal and state tax returns,” he said. “If applying for disability exemption, you will need supporting documentation for 100 percent disability.”

The office is open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more info, call 428-2540.