From staff reports
Palo Pinto County property owners will soon receive their 2013 property tax statements and, for the second year, the Palo Pinto County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office will use a single-page statement format that allows the listing of two or more property accounts.
According to Tax Assessor-Collector Linda Tuggle, this type of statement has reduced the bulk, as well as postage expense, of the mass mailing.
“It conveniently provides the taxpayer with a ‘grand total due’ and [includes] a perforated section to return with payment,” Tuggle explained.
The county’s tax base of 2.7 billion dollars is divided into 52,000 parcels. With the new system, the county is able to condensed these parcels into 31,480 tax statements. Tuggle said the cost of this required annual mailing will be near $18,000.
“Inter-local agreements with the 17 other taxing entities within the county allow for the consolidation of billing and collections into a single tax office, further reducing the cost of providing tax statements,” she said. “Otherwise, Palo Pinto County property owners would receive two or more bills for each property owned and payment of taxes would be remitted to multiple tax offices.”
She added that the inter-local agreements are authorized by Texas Property Tax Code and Government Code to promote the efficiency of local governments.
“Clearly, it is good common sense to consolidate tax collections when possible,” Tuggle noted.
In the role of assessor, Tuggle’s office creates the tax role “by merging the newly created appraisal roll, provided by the appraisal district office, with the newly adopted tax rates, provided by the local governments.”
This is followed by creating and mailing tax bills. Once this is done, her office collects taxes for the entities, ranging from school districts to cities and Palo Pinto County to the hospital district.
Tuggle passed along the following information regarding property taxes:
• Taxes for 2013 are now due and must be paid no later than January 31 to avoid the addition of penalty and interest.