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2006 News from Mecklenburg County


March 29, 2006

MECKLENBURG COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR WILL USE TELEPHONE, NEWSPAPER TO FIND UNPAID TAXES

Charlotte, NC - Beginning this week, Mecklenburg County will begin using an automated call system to contact delinquent taxpayers - in addition to collection letters, the annual newspaper advertisement, and other methods of collection.

CALLING TAXPAYERS: The new automated call system will phone taxpayers who owe real estate, personal property or registered motor vehicle taxes. A prerecorded message will ask the taxpayer to contact the City-County 311 call center regarding their unpaid taxes. The system can place 120 calls per hour and will operate between 9 a.m. - 7 p.m each weekday. The system will initially contact taxpayers who owe $5,000 or less so staff can focus on taxpayers who owe more than $5,000.

NAMES IN THE NEWSPAPER: Property owners have until March 31 to pay delinquent 2005 real and personal property tax bills or their names will be published in the Charlotte Observer. About 27,000 Mecklenburg County property owners have not yet paid their 2005 real and personal property tax bills. Huntersville and Cornelius delinquencies will be published in the Huntersville Herald. The advertisements will occur in April.

Each bill is charged a fee for the cost of the newspaper advertisement, in addition to interest owed. Any 2005 tax bill paid after January 5, 2006, is charged 2 percent interest for the month of January and 0.75 percent interest for each month thereafter until the bill is paid.

There are several ways to pay your tax bill:

*By Internet: Log on to http://paytax.charmeck.org and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck. *

*By phone: Call 1-877-533-0072 and use your credit/debit card.*

*By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope in your tax bill.

*In person: Pay at the Tax Collector’s office at the Robert L. "Bob" Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall St. in Charlotte between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.

*A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit/debit/eCheck option. Credit/debit/eCheck payments are not accepted at the Tax Collector’s office.

Questions? Call 311 or visit http://tax.charmeck.org and click on "Office of the Tax Collector."



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