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Weeks late, Halifax County tax bills still haven’t gone out

SoVaNow.com / May 29, 2014
As of yesterday, the first installment of real estate tax bills had yet to go out to Halifax County property owners — but Halifax County Treasurer Linda Foster says she “has her fingers crossed that they will be in the mail by this weekend.”

Foster said Wednesday that the information for the tax bills was turned over to a Lynchburg printer last week, but she has not yet been notified of the bills being mailed.

“I told them to notify me by e-mail when the bills would go to the post office and as yet [2 p.m. Wednesday] I have not heard from them,” she said.

Halifax County supervisors, at their regular May 5 meeting, responded to the billing delay by pushing back the deadline for payment of the first installment of tax bills. Supervisors re-set the customary June 5 deadline to fall instead on June 16. The remainder of real estate tax payments will be due on Dec. 5, following a second billing in late fall.

At the May 5 meeting, supervisors expressed their displeasure with a billing delay that has now dragged on several more weeks.

Commissioner of the Revenue Brenda Powell blamed the problem on getting the newly assessed real estate values to the printer via the county’s new Vision system. At that time, both she and Foster said they expected the bills to go out by May 22, thereby giving residents more than the state-required 14 days to make their payments.

“I’ve been here in this office for over 40 years,” Foster said, “and this is the first time we’ve ever been pushed to the limit like this.”

If the bills don’t go out by Monday, June 2, supervisors will once more have to consider moving the June 16 deadline back even further. But Foster says she’s hopeful that the bills will be in the mail this weekend.



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