Delayed Property Tax Billing Still Being Scrutinized

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Save for 13 properties, the delay in sending out Gila County property tax bills is nearly resolved, according to Treasurer Debora Savage.

Savage updated the Gila County Board of Supervisors on the issue at its March 25 meeting.

A representative for the county’s IT department said the final 13 properties should take care of the backlog.

She said the county collected $2.35 million in taxes for 2013 between the end of January 31 and March 14.

“I believe we are on line with things. Adjustments will increase the amount of the exemptions. About $210 more will be owed. We are not going to be making a lot of refunds.”

Responding to a question by Supervisor Chair Mike Pastor, Savage said the second half of property taxes due the county will become delinquent May 1.

A notice sent to the Roundup states:

“2nd Half 2013 Property Taxes are now due. Payments must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2014.

“Mail payments to Debora Savage, Gila County Treasurer, P.O. Box 1093, Globe, AZ 85502.

“Mail your tax coupon with your payment. Write your Account # or Property ID# on your check or money-order (our Eagle Tyler system requires Acct#).

“If you have any questions call 1-800-304-4452, Ext. 8702 or Ext. 8703; 928-425-3231 Ext. 8702 or Ext. 8703.

“If there is a possibility we do not have your correct mailing address for future tax bills, you MUST contact us and the County Assessor.”

Savage said her office would try to do the dry run previously requested by District One Supervisor Tommie Martin. She said she didn’t know if it was possible. The IT representative said he had checked and it was in fact possible to do the dry run.

Martin asked if it were possible to isolate the 13 problem properties and was told it was possible.

“People are still telling me they are not getting the right bills at the right time and I am getting pressure, especially from the fire districts, to get this resolved as soon as possible,” Martin said.

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