Second half taxes already at $8.1 million

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 21, 2013

With the deadline for second half taxes this past Friday, the Lawrence County Treasurer’s Office is finishing up the tallies for collections for the year.

As of Thursday $8.1 million had been received from the second half, compared with the $9. 7 million total second half collection.

The treasurer’s office accepts mail postmarked Friday, even if it is received later.

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“We expect a lot of mail to show up on Monday,” Lawrence County Treasurer Stephen Burcham said.

Last year total tax collections came in at $26 million. Right now, total collections are at $25.1 million.

“We anticipate meeting or exceeding last year’s tax collections,” Burcham said.

The second half is only on real estate. Tax bills have yet to be sent out for manufactured homes that last year brought in $100,000 on the second half. Software problems prevented the Collins Career Center levy to be put on those bills at the time the other bills were printed.

Burcham said his office expects to get those bills out next week with them due in mid to late August.

Also in August Burcham has tentative plans to close with Tax Ease on the sale of 300 tax liens worth $800,000 to $1 million in delinquent taxes. Until the sale is final, those delinquent property owners can pay their back taxes.

“We are not asking people to pay anymore than what they owe,” Burcham said. “Just asking them to do what their neighbors do, pay their taxes and support the schools.”