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Mecklenburg County tax bills to have new look / April 27, 2010
Mecklenburg County tax bills for the second half of 2010 will be arriving soon and they will be different from those mailed in the past.

In an effort to be more cost effective, the Mecklenburg County Treasurer’s Office will be outsourcing the printing and mailing of tax bills this tax season, said Mecklenburg County Treasurer, Sandra P. Langford.

Initial estimates indicate that the mailing will save at least $9,000 per mailing. However, the previous practice of mailing back receipts will cease.

Langford said the new bills will be about 8 ½ x 11 inch size. The top will have a description of the property and taxes owed and the bottom third will be perforated and is to be torn off and mailed back with payment.

The top part will serve as the receipt along with the taxpayer’s cancelled check or money order receipt.

Receipts will be mailed back only if requested with a self addressed stamped envelope provided by the taxpayer.

“I have not spoken with any other treasurer in the state who routinely mails back receipts for all payments received as we have done in the past”, said Langford.

Since the sorting and stuffing of the bills will be automated, bills will be sent out in the same envelope if the name and address are identical. Otherwise, the bills will go in different envelopes. Even so, with the reduced postage and automation, the county will still see a significant decrease in the cost of the mailing.

Also, in recent years the strictness of privacy laws has made it necessary to be cautious in mailing out tax bills for different family members in the same envelope according to Langford.

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