2013 property taxes mailed Monday

Nola Sizemore Staff Writer

September 30, 2013

Approval was given for the printing of the 2013 property taxes bills at a special-called meeting of the Harlan Fiscal Court on Monday.

Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins reported a total of 16,197 property tax bills were printed for a total cost of $4,859.10, which she said the county is responsible for half that amount, while the state is responsible for the other half of the printing costs.

County property taxes for 2013 totaled approximately $2.7 million “if collection was 100 percent” Hoskins said.

“The property tax bills were mailed on Monday and residents should receive them some time this week,” said Hoskins. “If you don’t receive a property tax bill and you own property, you need to contact the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office to ensure payment can be made on time.”

Hoskins said if bills are paid by Oct. 31 residents will receive a 2 percent discount.

Angel Howard, clerk with the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office, said property taxes paid after Oct. 31 through Jan. 2 will have to be paid at the face value. She said if taxes are paid between Jan. 3 and Jan. 31 there will be a 5 percent penalty. Taxes paid between Feb. 1 and April 15 will face a 21 percent penalty.

In other board action: approval was given for the Harlan County sheriff’s official 2013 property tax receipts. Hoskins said if all the taxes in the county and the taxing district were collected the total would amount to approximately $9.2 million. She said “usually the sheriff’s office collects approximately 95 percent of that amount.”

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Harlan Fiscal Court is set for 10 a.m. on Oct. 17.

Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, nsizemore@civitasmedia.com