BLOUNTVILLE — If you’re a Sullivan County property owner and you haven’t paid your 2012 county property taxes, you have less than one month to do so before late fees kick in.
The deadline for payment of 2012 property taxes in Sullivan County is Feb. 28.
Penalties will be charged beginning March 1 at a rate of 1.5 percent per month.
County Trustee Frances Harrell said Friday that payments have been coming in at a steady rate in recent weeks, and paying online continues to be popular.
Harrell encouraged those who have not yet paid to consider that option, as well as payment drop boxes, to avoid possible lines when paying in person.
You can view your taxes at www.sullivancountytn.gov — and they can be paid online, by credit card, debit card or check, at www.tennesseetrustee.com.
The trustee’s office at the historic Sullivan County Courthouse in Blountville is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Offices are also located at the Bristol Justice Center and at Kingsport City Hall. They have the same operating hours as the Blountville office, although the Bristol office is closed from noon until 1 p.m. Drop boxes are located outside at the Blountville and Kingsport offices.
To receive a receipt for payments, taxpayers need to include a stamped, self-addressed envelope, Harrell said.
Failure to receive a tax notice or dispute of a property’s assessed worth are not excuses for not paying on time, Harrell said.
Property owners with questions about their bill need to make inquiries with Harrell’s office before the payment deadline. If they didn’t get a tax notice, property owners may call 323-6464 and another will be sent.
If you’ve moved in the past year and have not received a tax notice on properties you own, it might mean you need to update the information on file with the property assessor’s office, Harrell said.
County taxes are assessed on all parcels within the county — including those inside cities.
Sullivan County’s 2012 property tax rate is $2.3307 per $100 of assessed value.
That’s projected to generate roughly $79.7 million in revenue, based on a collection rate of 96 percent, according to the county’s current budget.
School systems in the county get the lion’s share of property tax dollars — 59.5 percent of the revenue goes to general school funding, and another 2.9 percent goes for school capital projects. The county’s general fund — which includes the budgets for such services as law enforcement, courts, elections, the health department, emergency medical service and county government — accounts for the next biggest chunk from property tax revenue, at 28.7 percent.