Unpaid city property taxes for the highlighted a special meeting of the Harlan Independent Board of Education on Thursday.
Superintendent C.D. Morton said approximately 1,600 tax bills are sent out each year. To date, the district has collected 93 percent of those funds. He added, however, only 78 percent of the people have paid.
“We still have a number of unpaid city tax bills we hope to collect before the end of the fiscal year,” said Morton. “If you are unaware of unpaid city property taxes for the Harlan Independent School District, you may come to the school and pay them. If you are not sure if you have paid, we’d like to encourage folks to just call and ask us. We’ll let you know if you have paid them or not. Sometimes there can be escrow agencies responsible for that.”
Morton said another option this year is if there is a hardship about getting to the school to pay the taxes, especially the elderly or disabled, you may call the district and he will make accommodations to meet them somewhere more convenient.
“Last year we collected 94 percent of the money that was due,” said Morton. “This year we still have 22 percent of the taxes left, which are still unpaid.”
Morton said residents have until May 5 to pay the taxes before their names will be advertised in the Enterprise. He added a $10 penalty will be added after the names are published.
“Every one of these tax dollars really helps the school district,” said Morton. “So, we encourage everyone to check to see if they have paid their city tax bills.”
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