DeKalb Countians have a few more days to pay their property taxes for 2010 without penalty.
Taxes are due to the trustee's office by Monday, February, 28th. After that date,
penalty and interest begin to accrue at a rate of 1.5 percent per month. Tax notices were mailed out on October 19th.
Property taxes from 2009 may be paid in the trustee's office through Thursday, March 31st. After that, they will be turned over to the clerk and master's office and subject to additional fees.
Trustee Sean Driver said about $3.3 million of the expected $6.8 million-plus in tax rolls have been collected so far or 48.5% as of Thursday, February 3rd. But, Driver added that collections are expected to pick up significantly during the next three weeks. "We're always busier the last two to three weeks of February", he said.
Driver said taxes may be mailed in, paid in person, or by debit or credit card either in the trustee's office or on-line at www.tennesseetrustee.com. " We are now offering credit and debit card processing through the Business Information Systems for the property owners of DeKalb County. You may pay your property taxes using a VISA, MASTERCARD, or DISCOVER card. It can be handled on-line, in the Trustee's Office, or by phone."
Driver explained that a 2.75% convenience fee will be added to your tax bill, if you take advantage of on-line payment, but the county does not collect it. "If you want to do those payments on line, it is fast, easy, and secure. On-line payments may be made at www.tennesseetrustee.com. 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may also pay your taxes in our office at 1 public square, room 206 in the DeKalb County Courthouse. Our phone number is 615-597-5176. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m."
Seniors, be sure to check with the office on the state property tax relief program. The income limit is $26,830 for single or combined household incomes. If a senior qualifies for the state program, they will also qualify for some assistance through the county. Disabled veterans and disabled homeowners may qualify for tax relief as well. If you meet the requirements you may apply in the Trustee's Office. The deadline to apply is 35 days after February 28th, 2011 or April 5th, 2011.
If you have any additional questions, come by the Trustee's office in the courthouse or call 597-5176.