People who are behind in paying property taxes for 2013 will be hit overnight early this week with a 15 percent increase to their balance under a state law requiring officials to refer overdue accounts to a collection agency at mid-year, Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway said.
On Tuesday, July 1 the fee will be automatically added to bills of property owners who have not paid their taxes or made payment arrangements with the tax assessor-collector’s office. People with overdue tax bills — for city, county, school district or other local governments — were mailed notices in May about the imminent deadline, Caraway said.
People in arrears have until the end of the day Monday, June 30 to either pay their taxes in full or contact the tax assessor-collector’s office to set up payment arrangements. Residents who have no set up a payment plan in the last 24 months are eligible for an agreement under which they can avoid the collection fee, Caraway said.
Property taxes for city, county, school district or other local governments can be paid in person 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the main tax office or either of two satellite locations:
Hays County Government Center
712 South Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos | Map
Hays County Precinct 2 office building
5458 FM 2770, Kyle | Map
Hays County Precinct 4 office building
195 Roger Hanks Parkway, Dripping Springs | Map
Payments can also be made online at the Hays County Tax-Assessor Collector’s website. For information about payment arrangements, visit the tax office or call 512-393-5545.
Questions about tax deferrals for seniors or active duty military personnel should be directed to the Hays Central Appraisal District, not the tax assessor-collector’s office. Headquartered at 1001 N. Interstate 35 in Kyle, the appraisal district can be reached at 512-268-2522.
COVER PHOTO by CHRIS VREELAND. SAN MARCOS MERCURY GRAPHIC by BRAD ROLLINS.