Property owners in Carter County only have a few more days to pay their taxes for 2018. Property taxes are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31. If residents need a bit more time, they can pay half their taxes by Dec. 31 and pay the second half by March 31.

Carter County Treasurer Marsha Collins said that while many of the property taxes have stayed near the same rate, residents of Ardmore School District have experienced the largest increase — from 91.43 mills in 2017 to 98.72 mills in 2018 — because of the bond issue passed April 3 to fund the new performing arts center and a new gymnasium for Jefferson Elementary.

Two other school districts also experienced a raise in mill rates. Lone Grove is going up by .45 mills and Fox will be going up by 1.23 mills. Zaneis will remain the same at 78.26 mills. All other area school districts (Springer, Plainview, Wilson, Healdton and Dickson) will actually be going down.

Collins said that beginning on January 15 unpaid taxes become delinquent.

“On January 15 a penalty starts at 1.5 percent of the base amount of tax per month,” Collins said. “That keeps adding up month after month. When we start trying to force payments of delinquents, that’s when you start running into fees for things like letter charges, notifications and advertisements.”

Collins said that after three years of delinquency, or the fourth year taxes are due, they begin proceedings to sell the property. She said that by this point, the years of penalties and fees have really stacked up against the property owner.

“The longer you let it go, the more fees you get, and then it gets much harder for the customer to pay,” Collins said.

To avoid this, it’s best to simply remember to pay your taxes, and there are a variety of ways to do this. Tax payers may pay online at www.cartercountytreasurer.org where they accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. There is a 2.95 percent convenience charge added by the card processing company.

They may also pay their taxes in person at the new Carter County Administration Offices located at 25 A St. N.W. Through December 31 they will accepting personal checks, cashiers checks, money orders and cash. After December 31 they will no longer accept personal checks. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed on federal holidays.