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Sullivan sends final warning on 2012 taxes

March 10th, 2014 10:44 pm by J. H. Osborne

Sullivan sends final warning on 2012 taxes

BLOUNTVILLE — If you own property in Sullivan County and haven’t paid the 2012 county property taxes on it, you’ve got about three weeks to do so and avoid being taken to court.

On April 1, those left on the 2012 delinquent tax rolls will be turned over to Sullivan County Chancery Court, resulting in a higher penalty (21 percent), court costs and potential attorney’s fees.

There are more than 90,000 property parcels on Sullivan County’s tax rolls, and most owners pay their taxes on time each year, Sullivan County Trustee Frances Harrell said Monday.

“We had a wonderful collection rate in February,” Harrell said.

But there are the exceptions.

For 2012 taxes, less than 3,000 tax bills remained unpaid Monday, Harrell said.

The 2012 taxes originally were due the last day of February 2013.

Time is running out to catch up on those tax payments without going to court, Harrell said.

Currently, there is a 19.5 percent penalty on those unpaid taxes. It accrues at 1.5 percent per month. The total will increase to 21 percent when the outstanding parcels are switched over to chancery court.

Harrell said delinquent 2012 taxpayers are urged to make payment by March 31 at any of her three offices — in the historic Sullivan County Courthouse in Blountville, at Kingsport City Hall, and at the Bristol Justice Center.

Paying by March 31 ensures the payments will get processed before the morning of April 1, when computer records will automatically switch the delinquent accounts to the court, Harrell said.

Online payments also will be available until March 31, Harrell said.

Property on which taxes remain delinquent is ultimately auctioned by the county.

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