It’s that time of year when Okaloosa County property owners can take advantage of an early payment discount on property taxes.
“Last November, property owners saved over $7.12 million off their tax bills through our discount program,” said Tax Collector Ben Anderson. “It’s important to keep in mind the deadline to receive this 4 percent early payment discount is Nov. 30.”
According to Tax Department Administrator Justin Gordon, 80 percent of the total tax roll is collected in the month of November, which equates to $186 million.
“The 2018 Tax Roll is $242,429,951.87. On Oct. 31, our office mailed 123,469 bills, including notices for tangible personal property," Gordon said. "Our function is to collect these dollars on behalf of the taxing authorities for funding the operations of local governments and fire districts.”
Staff members will be staged in the lobbies of most of the branch offices on Nov. 28, 29, and 30 for customers who wish to drop off their payments. Payments postmarked on or before Nov. 30 will receive the 4 percent discount. Also, payments are processed nightly for those who use the drop boxes located at the entrances of each office.
“Our goal this year is for property owners to realize $7.5 million in tax savings due to the 4 percent November discount. Simply put, that is money back in the pocket of the tax payer,” Anderson said.
All branches of the Tax Collector’s Office will be closed on Nov. 22 and 23 in observance of Thanksgiving, but one can always do business online. E-check is free when paying online at www.OkaloosaTax.