Mecklenburg County property owners have until Thursday to pay their 2012 real or personal property tax bills, or their names could appear in print.
State law requires governments to publish a list of delinquent tax bills in newspaper to alert property owners that they owe money. Taxpayers must be notified at least 30 days before the ad appears in the paper.
The county said Friday that it plans to publish the delinquent tax list in the Observer on April 7.
About 35,000 property owners have not yet paid their taxes, according to the county.
Tax bills are due in the fall, but people have until early January to pay without incurring interest. Anyone who doesnt pay the bill on time also could face wage garnishments or seizure of their property.
The county offers several ways for people to pay their bills, including:
• Online: Visit http://paytax.charmeck.org. Payments are accepted via credit card or electronic check. The county uses a private service to process those payments, and the service charges taxpayers a fee for payments made by credit or debit card.
• By phone: Call 877-533-0072 and use a credit or debit card; you will be charged the fee.
• In person: Bring cash, a money order or a check payable to the Mecklenburg Tax Collector to the Robert L. Bob Walton Plaza, 700 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte, or the West Service Center, 4150 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Both locations are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
• Online banking: You can set up an electronic payment through your banking account. The entire 24-digit tax bill number must be entered in the account field, or your payment may be rejected.
Learn more about the payment options at paytax.charmeck.org.
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