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Officials pleased with property tax collections

Deadline to pay passed by Thursday

POSTED: November 19, 2012 12:01 a.m.
 

As of Friday, 94 percent of Forsyth County’s expected $242 million in property taxes had been collected.

“We’d like to thank the citizens for such a good turnout and such a good collection rate,” said Forsyth County Tax Commissioner Matthew Ledbetter.

Taxes were due Thursday. With payments that were postmarked by the deadline still trickling in, that 94 percent rate could grow, Ledbetter said.

“Our collections have been over 100 percent for the last eight years and we expect that to continue,” he added.

While taxes are due in November, the actual process of tax collections is year round, according to Ledbetter.

To date, the county has collected more than $227 million and Ledbetter said he expects the rate to reach 100 percent by mid-spring.

In addition to two drive-through locations — at the main office on Tribble Gap Road and the Sharon Springs office on Sharon Road — taxpayers also had the option of making their payments online, as they have for the past seven years.

Ledbetter said nearly 1,500 tax payment transactions took place online, with just 15 people calling the office for help or with a problem.

“We had less than 1 percent that had a problem online,” he said. “I think it went outstanding.”

Ledbetter said collections are on pace with last year’s rate and he’s grateful the county’s residents are so cooperative.

“They know how important this is … and they support their local government and we appreciate them for paying their taxes in a timely manner.”

 

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