Okaloosa County property owners saved more than $7.1 million by taking advantage of the 4 percent early payment discount last month.

“Our offices collected more than $177.6 million during the month of November," said Tax Collector Ben Anderson. "With Christmas just around the corner, money saved is better spent in the hands of citizens than in the hands of government.”

Anderson encouraged those who missed the November discount, “There is still time to take advantage of additional early payment discounts. Property owners will receive a 3 percent early payment discount if the payment is made by Dec. 31.”

Discounts will continue to decrease by one percentage point until March 1, 2018, after which full payment is due.

Several payment options are available for paying property taxes, including online payments such as an electronic check (E-check).

“E-check is a smart and easy way to process your payment," said Tax Administrator Justin Gordon. "It’s like writing a check but only electronically. It’s fast, safe, secure, and most importantly, it’s free."

You can also pay your property tax bill at one of Tax Collector's six locations or over the phone by calling 850-651-7300. Go to www.OkaloosaTax.com for information about payment options.