Property taxes due Sept. 1, become delinquent Jan. 6

Aug. 13, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

Lee County property taxes are due in just a few weeks after being invoiced in mid-July.

Property tax bills are officially due Sept. 1, according to Lee County Tax Administrator Mary Yow, and the bills become delinquent Jan. 6 — meaning interest begins to accrue on taxes not paid by that date.

“There is a window of time from when they become due and when interest starts,” she said.

Enforced collections may begin immediately once the taxes become delinquent, according to the N.C. Department of Revenue, and enforced collections can include wage garnishments, bank account attachment, seizure and sale of personal property and foreclosure.   

Despite a county-wide property revaluation — a process required by the state to align property values with historical sales in the area — and changes in the county property tax rate, Yow said the number of calls from residents with questions has not changed from previous years.

“There are some common questions like ‘What is this?’ and ‘What if I sold my property?,’ she said. 

The Lee County Board of Commissioners lowered its property tax rate from 75 cents per $100 valuation to 72 cents and the city of Sanford and town of Broadway maintained their property tax rates of 54 cents per $100 and 44 cents per $100, respectively.

There will be some people with higher property tax bills, but a bulk of Lee County residents should see their property tax bill go down, according to Lee County Commissioner Chairman Charlie Parks. 

“The only feedback that I have received are ‘thank yous’ for reducing the taxes,” Parks said.

The commissioners lowering the property tax rate was long overdue, he said.

“It’s something that we should have done a long time ago,” Parks said. “We can’t keep doing county business on the backs of the middle class.”

Three ways to pay a property tax bill:

• In person at the Lee County Government Center, located at 106 Hillcrest Drive. Cash, check and credit cards is accepted, but an extra fee for credit cards is applied.

• By phone by calling 1-800 272-9829 and using the jurisdiction code 4351.

• By mail by sending the bill to P.O. Box 63044, Charlotte N.C. 28263 or P.O. Box 1968, Sanford N.C., 27331.