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January 19th, 2010
Property taxes coming due


The deadline for paying property taxes is close at hand. Usually, property owners have until Jan. 31 to pay their property taxes without penalty or interest, but because this date falls on a Sunday, the deadline is extended until Feb. 1.

Hayes County Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway said, “”All the statements have been mailed, so please contact our office if you have not yet received a statement. State law says that you are still responsible for the taxes, even if you do not receive the bill.”

Tax bills are considered due upon receipt.

Caraway said property owners can confirm their payment status by contacting the Hays County Tax Office at (512) 393-5545. Taxpayers may also check their status online at

Payments may be mailed to the main office at 102 North LBJ, Courthouse Annex, San Marcos, 78666. They may also be delivered to any of the four tax county tax office locations. The tax office will honor the official postmark as proof of mailing.

A variety of ways for payment is available to taxpayers. They may pay with cash, check, money order, credit card, debit card or electronic check. Credit card and electronic check payments can by made by phone or online. A 2.5 percent convenience fee will be applied to online credit card payments. A fee of $2 will be applied to electronic check payments.

The seven percent penalties for late payment begin Feb. 2. It increases two percent each month until July, when attorney fees are added. Those fees are 15 percent of the tax bill. After July 1 another one percent is added each month until payment is made.

Disabled residents and residents that are 65 or older may qualify to make quarterly payments. No penalties or interest are assessed if these payments are made on time. For more information on the payment program, contact the tax office.

If a taxpayer is unable to pay current taxes in full, the tax office will accept a partial payment before Feb. 1 without penalty and a payment plan can be set up for the remaining balance. Penalty and interest, however, will accrue on that remaining balance. The tax office accepts payments on current taxes and no penalty or interest is added to the amount that is paid by Feb. 1.

The four tax offices and their hours are:

Main Tax Office, 102 North LBJ Drive, San Marcos (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday)

Buda Substation, 500 Jack C. Hays Trail, Buda (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday)

Dripping Springs Substation, 195 Roger Hanks Parkway, Dripping Springs (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday)

Kyle Substation, 111 North Front Street, Kyle (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday).

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0 thoughts on “Property taxes coming due

  1. What in the world do we care if government is calling in taxes once again… they take from us to give to corporations and banks, they take from us to give to the federal government to disburse to those that didn’t earn with their labor, they take from us to give to State government to abuse, they take from us to give to our local governments at the expense of its own citizens, they charge us licensing and certification fees, they take from us with Police issuing fines for every arbitrary law, they take from us when we spend at the stores…. You want a chance at real change…. Get a large enough group of individuals to refuse to pay taxes. Sit in the prisons, make them fill the prisons which are already overwhelmed… they will get the message, we’ve just to stop being afraid of suffering. Suffer to achieve justice. Suffer to gain the respect the people deserve. Suffer to eliminate the waste and corruption.

  2. Jeremy,
    This article is referring to county taxes which goes towards schools, roads and other local services. Your rant would make sense if this were referring to income taxes. Suffer through some homework.

  3. Ben, I appreciate your condescension you narcissistic piece of trash, but its Taxes in general, from local, to county, to state to federal. We pay, they spend without accountability. You’re the kind of filth that perpetuates it.

  4. J&J, Listen here here you’s eh bouncing bubbly eagle fart. I’ll refrain from discussing how/if I am the one perpetuating this problem of taxation. Instead I’ll ask you, did/do you go to public school? If so, did you take government subsidizes loans to help out with this undertaking? Do you drive on city/county/state/federal roads? Do you consume government subsidized food? Not talking about food stamps, but does your farmer recieve subsidies? Have you ever fed someone that needed a meal, rather than expecting the government to do so? Have you ever called upon the police or fire department? Hypocrite?

    I’m all for not paying any taxes, but the populous continues to use these services especially on the local level. Tis true that all government can and will spend without accountability which is why we must call them out when they do so. With that said, federal taxes are being used and abused in a very different way. But, the “call to arms” by the first jazzy J simply seemed a bit ignorant to me. I don’t think that he understands that these are local taxes, which is why I suggested a bit of homework was necessary. Have you completed the assignment?

  5. I totally agree with not paying taxes. Let’s also dismantle the police, fire and military; those losers who suck down so much of my hard earned money. I should probably give back the money I made while in the Army. Let’s also stop with the silly social security taxes. Grandma doesn’t need to eat. She should be dead soon anyway. Let’s fire any and all officials, staff and employees at the local, county, state and federal levels. They simply cost too much for so little in return.

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