Some New­ton County tax bills in­cor­rect

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - GABRIEL KHOULI gkhouli@cov­news.com

When you get your New­ton County prop­erty tax bill this week, check to make sure the math adds up.

An er­ror was dis­cov­ered on 1,399 prop­erty tax bills mailed out this week, and cor­rected bills were mailed Thurs­day to the af­fected own­ers, said Tax Com­mis­sioner Bar­bara Din­gler.

The vast ma­jor­ity of the 44,360 bills sent out were cor­rect, but Din­gler said an er­ror by the print­ing com­pany, Statesboro-based Har­ris Lo­cal Govern­ment, caused some tax bills to be higher than they’re sup­posed to be.

She said the er­ror was caused by in­for­ma­tion be­ing accidentally car­ried over last year. On the 2012 tax bills, Din­gler had Har­ris in­clude any delin­quent taxes on the no­tice; how­ever, the amounts were not cleared from the bills and were accidentally added to the 2013 bills.

Din­gler said prop­erty own­ers will be able to tell if their bill is in­cor­rect by adding up the costs of their two yearly in­stall­ments and com­par­ing that to­tal to the to­tal tax bill amount. If the to­tal tax bill is larger than the two monthly in­stall­ment fig­ures added to­gether, the bill is in­cor­rect.

Prop­erty own­ers can also ver­ify their tax bill is right by go­ing to the tax com­mis­sioner’s web­site at new­ton­coun­ty­tax.com or call­ing

770-784-2020; Din­gler said the web­site and her of­fice’s com­put­ers have the cor­rect fig­ures. Prop- erty tax pay­ments in New­ton County are due in two in­stall­ments an­nu­ally on Oct. 20 and Dec. 20. Bills were mailed out Aug. 19.

“We have had sev­eral calls con­cern­ing this er­ror and if pay­ment is made on the in­cor­rect amount, a re­fund will be is­sued on the over­pay­ment,’’ Din­gler said. “Since Har­ris is send­ing cor­rec­tive bills out to­day, hope­fully cit­i­zens will re­ceive the cor­rec­tive bill be­fore pay­ment is made.”

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