Some Newton County tax bills incorrect
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.”