Scott officials vote to keep Nov. 20 tax deadline

Marci Gore • Nov 5, 2016 at 6:00 PM

GATE CITY — Despite earlier discussions about pushing back the due date to pay personal property and real estate taxes, the Scott County Board of Supervisors voted on Wednesday to keep the Nov. 20 deadline.

Some supervisors had expressed concern over tax bills being mailed out later than in years past. Scott County Treasurer Mitzi Owens said bills were sent out about a week later this year than in 2015, which still gives county residents about 30 days to make payments on time.

During Wednesday’s meeting, supervisors decided that since most county residents had received their tax bills by the third week in October, the Nov. 20 deadline would remain. Board members took a vote on the matter, which passed 5-1 with Darrel Jeter voting no.

Because of a property reassessment earlier this year, as well as a five cent increase from 69 cents to 74 cents on the real estate tax, Owens said county residents are likely to see a change in what they owe on their taxes this year. She encourages anyone who has questions to call the treasurer’s office.

Owens also said all tax notices have been mailed out and if anyone has yet to receive one, she encourages them to call her office, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Payments can be made by cash, check, money order, credit or debit card. However, Owens says, a convenience fee is charged for any payment made with a credit or debit card.

Online payments can be made by visiting www.webfeepay.com. But, Owens says, she wants to remind residents that a convenience fee will also be charged for any online payments.

Because Nov. 20 falls on a Sunday, any payments postmarked by the 21st will not be assessed a late fee.

Those not getting their taxes paid by Nov. 21 will be charged a late fee as well as interest.

Owens said a 10 percent penalty goes into effect on Nov. 22. Interest of 10 percent of the unpaid amount is applied on Dec. 1.

This is the third county tax season that the treasurer’s office has been in its new location on Beech Street in Gate City. The office is now in the same building that houses the social services and health department offices.

The building, known as the Community Service Building, is located at 190 Beech St. The treasurer’s office, which relocated in March 2014, is in Suite 103.

Scott County’s current tax rate is 74 cents per $100 of value for real estate property taxes, while personal property is taxed at $1.40 per $100.

For questions or more information about the county’s real estate or personal property taxes, call the Scott County Treasurer’s Office at (276) 386-7742.