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More penalties loom for property tax late payers


Property owners who have not paid their 2011 taxes by July 2 will have to pony up an additional 15 percent collection penalty, county officials say.

By state law, the tax office must turn over delinquent accounts to collection attorneys on July 1 or soonest weekday thereafter. Mailed payments must be postmarked on or before July 2.

“If you are delinquent on July 3, your bill will go up by more than 15 percent that day,” Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway said. Caraway said delinquent taxpayers can contact her office about setting up a payment plan if they are unable to come up with the full amount.

In addition, the Hays Central Appraisal District can defer homestead property tax payment due dates for people who are older than 65, who are disabled or who are on active duty military assignment away from the area. For information about deferrals, contact the appraisal district — not the tax assessor-collector’s office — at 21001 N. Interstate 35 in Kyle or by phone at 512-268-2522.

Taxes can be paid online here or at any one of the county’s four tax office locations in San Marcos, Kyle, Buda and Dripping Springs. Offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except as noted.

For further tax office information, visit its website here.