You asked: Southampton bills delayed due to adding $200 garbage fee

Published 12:00 pm Saturday, November 10, 2012

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You asked: When is Southampton County going to mail personal property tax bills that are due Dec. 5?

COURTLAND—The delay in getting property tax bills to Southampton County residents was caused by the logistics involved with adding the first-time $200 annual garbage fee.

“The bills will be in the mail today or Friday,” County Treasurer David Britt said Thursday.

Britt expects with the Veterans Day holiday that residents should receive the their personal property tax bills by Wednesday. They will be due on Dec. 5 as they are every year.

The Board of Supervisors in May approved a $52 million budget that included the garbage fee for each household. County officials agreed to include the bill with personal property tax bills to save postage.

The process was delayed because the data that needed to be compiled to bill residents, Britt said.

“We’ve had a number of calls,” he said.

For those who don’t pay personal property taxes, the county located their addresses through the electric company and its 911 emergency calling base, he said.

Although the bills will be received later than normal, the county has met the deadline set by the state, Britt said.

“The state requires we mail (the bills) out 14 days before (Dec. 5) so we are within that window,” he said.

Anyone who does not receive a bill by next week should call the Treasurer’s Office at 653-3025.

The garbage fee is also due by Dec. 5.