The deadline to pay delinquent county tax bills for 2015 is looming, and there are consequences if those bills remain unpaid.
Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins said on July 23, the names of those with delinquent taxes will appear in the Enterprise.
“Please, if at all possible, pay them before the tax sale on Aug. 22 at 10 a.m., so that these companies do not purchase your tax bill and have a lean on your property,” Hoskins said.
According to Hoskins, there are companies that will purchase an unpaid tax bill.
“Even though you have a mortgage with a bank, this company becomes your first lien holder,” Hoskins explained. “A tax bill you might have for $300, when you finish paying them, it might be $1,000.”
Hoskins said this can be avoided by paying the tax bill before the tax bill go up for sale.
“If at all possible, pay the county clerk’s office before Aug. 21,” Hoskins said. “Or, you can go to the county attorney’s office and make a payment plan with him…and your bill will not be sold.”
Hoskins clarified making an arrangement with the county attorney’s office will not keep a person’s name off the delinquent tax notice in the Enterprise, but it is a way to prevent a delinquent tax bill from being purchased by an outside company.
“He (county attorney) has to have them about 10 days before (the sale),” Hoskins said.
Hoskins recommended those planning on making arrangements with the county attorney contact the county attorney’s office as soon as possible in order to beat the deadline.
According to the County Attorney’s Office, you must make arrangements by Aug. 8 in order to enter into a payment plan. Those who are in default on any previous payment plan will not be eligible unless they pay the defaulted amount in full.
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