Pender County 2019 tax bills will be delayed

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BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — Pender County property owners can expect a delay in delivery of the 2019 tax bill.

“The tax bill calculation has been completed,” Justain Pound, Pender County Tax Assessor. “Tax bills have been created and sent to the print vendor. Once the samples are approved – which we’ve been told should happen this week – it will take another 3-5 business days for the print vendor to mail the tax bills.”

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The deadline for final payment of the 2019 tax bills is Jan. 6, 2020. As in any other year, accounts with outstanding balances after Jan. 6, 2020, will be subject to penalties, interest and collection remedies per GS 105-365.1.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused our citizens and we ask for your continued patience as we complete this process,” said Pound.

According to the Pender County tax assessor’s office, the staff has been in the lengthy process of conducting the 2019 general reappraisal of real property as directed by GS 105-286(a). As outlined in GS 105-286, this general appraisal is mandatory every eight years at a minimum. Pender County’s last general reappraisal of real property was completed in 2011.

In addition to general appraisal, Pender County was struck with a devastating blow upon the landfall of Hurricane Florence in September 2018, followed by a glancing blow by Hurricane Dorian this year.

Along with the revaluation, new software was acquired to enable the employees of Collections and Assessing to more efficiently serve the citizens of Pender County.

“In the best of circumstances, the general appraisal of all a county’s real property is a monumental task,” said Pound. “However, the Office of Pender County Tax Assessor has endured multiple setbacks beyond our control resulting in multiple delays in the completion of the 2019 general reappraisal. Consequently, the delivery of the 2019 tax bills has been delayed as well.”

The county says staff is working to get the 2019 tax bills generated and, in the mail, as soon as possible. For those taxpayers who would like to begin making payments on their balance, the Tax Collector accepts payments all year.

Tax questions should be directed to the Pender County Collections Department at (910) 259-1222 or Pender County Tax Assessor at (910) 259-1221.