2011-06-02 / Front Page

Final 2010 property tax bills now in mail; county tax billing should soon normalize

The final 2010 property tax bills for Wilkes County property owners should be arriving in mailboxes this week, the county tax commissioner said.

The Georgia Department of Rev- enue approved the county’s 2010 tax digest two weeks ago, Tax Commissioner Mary Hubbard said. “The digest was sent to the company that prints our tax bills. I asked that they be sent out by May 30, so you should see them by this week.”

The final 2010 tax bills follow the temporary 2010 tax bills that came out at the beginning of the year. The majority of property owners paid the amount due on the temporary tax bills and will not have a balance due, but not all.

“If you paid your property taxes on the temporary bill, but still owe additional taxes, you will get a bill due in 60 days,” the commissioner said. “If you overpaid, you’ll get a refund. We’re going through the tax digest and refunding money to anyone who is due a refund, because I don’t want to carry over any credits into 2011. I’m cleaning the slate.”

With this tax cycle, Hubbard says, the county is much closer to catching up on tax bills. “Our new Chief Appraiser Renee Botelho has worked tremendously hard and has really helped us get back on schedule,” she said. “We’re hoping we’ll be back on track with 2011 tax bills coming out in October and due in December.”

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