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Courtesy letters to be sent by treasurer's office

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Some Putnam County taxpayers will be receiving a courtesy delinquency notice from the treasurer's office.

"It is just a reminder," said Putnam County Treasurer Sharon Owens.

Owens also noted the letters should be clear it is not a bill. Residents with unpaid tax bills from November or before will be receiving a courtesy reminder.

"The letters were mailed (Friday)," she said. "The letters are not bills."

Reminder letters are not a past practice of the treasurer's office, but Owens wants to keep taxpayers informed.

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Let me get this straight.... mailing letters to people to remind them their taxes are late was not done in the past. But, now that we are in an economic crisis across the entire country it is decided this is a good way to blow the taxpayers money who DO pay their taxes. Does anyone honestly think a person who has not paid their taxes is unaware of it? Really?

So, what was the cost to send out the "courtesy letters" that weren't bills? Seems to me our elected officials on the local level are as clueless as they are in Washington.

-- Posted by Thomas Paine on Sun, Feb 21, 2010, at 8:34 AM

Actually I thought this was very nice. We put money into an escrow account every month for our taxes and it never seems to be enough. We always owe a few extra dollars, nothing big. Last year, we didn't receive a property tax bill so assumed our taxes had been covered. We received this courtesy letter over the weekend as a reminder of what we owe. It was nice to get a "reminder" letter instead of a penalty for not paying the few dollars on time because we didn't receive the bill in the first place. I agree it may have been costly to send these out, but for people like me (who didn't realize I owed anything) it helped.

-- Posted by gc2008 on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 10:13 AM

Interesting. I thought there was a caveat on the property tax statement that said something to the effect that the property owner was responsible for the taxes and failure to receive a statement did not relieve them of that responsibility or the penalty if the payment was not received timely.

-- Posted by exhoosier2 on Mon, Feb 22, 2010, at 11:02 AM

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