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County to offer payment options for property taxes

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By Caroline Curran, Reporter

While nearly 85 percent of Brunswick County taxpayers have already paid their 2008 property taxes, the tax department is offering payment options for those experiencing hardships due to current economic conditions.

Brunswick County Tax Collector Ken Perry said about 85 percent of Brunswick County taxpayers have already paid property taxes, and he expects that number to increase to 90 percent by the end of the month.

But for the remaining 10 percent who have yet to pay their 2008 taxes, Perry said the tax department is offering payment options for those affected by turbulent economic conditions.

“We understand many residents and businesses are dealing with some financial difficulties,” Perry explained. “For those who have not yet paid their property taxes, we offer payment plans that are established to meet the needs of each individual circumstance.”

The tax department typically offers payment plans up to six months, but Perry says taxpayers can discuss individual plans with tax officials.

“If the situation requires a longer period to pay, the Brunswick County Tax Department will work with the customer to develop a plan that will be successful,” he said. “There are some people that think they can’t come down here until they can pay it in full. Even if you’re delinquent, come on down. We would like to accommodate those people.”

For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Perry at 253-2712; deputy tax collector Heather Hardee at 253-2719, or the main tax office at 253-2729.

“For the approximately 10 percent that is still outstanding, I would like to encourage customers to visit our office in the David Sandifer Administration Building at the county government complex, or they can call our office to get further information or to set up an appointment,” Perry said.

The Brunswick County Tax Office is on the first floor of the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building, 30 Government Center Drive NE, Bolivia.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.