Repeat of previous years
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As I told you in November, Property value went down, and taxes went up. It is also amazing to me that as bad as that is, Liberty County Officials still cannot get tax notices to people until after they are actually due. Taxes in Liberty County are due by December 20th, but we don't even receive our notices until after Christmas, which we have still not received in the mail yet. Is this incompetant or what? Obviously the County doesn't really need our tax money.

Liberty County Has a brochure in the tax office that states property taxes are due by the 20th of December, and the rest of Georgia gets their notices to the public and the taxes are due by the 20th of December. The local officials in Liberty County don't ever get the taxes out in time. Please, somebody check it out. It is true.

Check it out here: Online

Go to: libertygatax.com
select: e-service
Select: Pay Property taxes online
Select: General information
Look down to: Tax Bills

HOMEGENERAL INFORMATIONFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSMOTOR VEHICLESNEWSCONTACT USLINKS

Ad Valorem Tax Process
Ad valorem tax, more commonly known as property tax, is a large source of revenue for local governments in Georgia. The basis for ad valorem taxation is the fair market value of the property, which is established as of January 1 of each year. The tax is levied on the assessed value of the property which, by law, is established at 40% of the fair market value unless otherwise specified by law (O.C.G.A. 48-5-7). Fair market value means "the amount a knowledgeable buyer would pay for the property and a willing seller would accept for the property at an arm's length, bona fide sale. "(O.C.G.A. 48-5-311) The amount of tax is determined by the tax rate (mill rate) levied by various entities (one mill is equal to $1.00 for each $1,000 of assessed value, or .001).

Several distinct entities are involved in the ad valorem tax process:

The State Revenue Commissioner is responsible for examining the tax digests of counties in Georgia in order to determine that property is assessed uniformly and equally between and within the counties (O.C.G.A. 48-5-340). In addition, the State levies ad valorem tax each year in an amount which cannot exceed one-fourth of one mill (.00025).

The Liberty County Tax Assessor is responsible for the appraisal, assessment, and the equalization of all assessments within the county. They notify taxpayers when changes are made to the value of property, receive and review all appeals filed, and insure that the appeal process proceeds properly. In addition, they approve all exemptions claimed by the taxpayer.

The Liberty County Board of Equalization, appointed by the Grand Jury, is the body charged by law with hearing and adjudicating administrative appeals to property values and assessments made by the Board of Tax Assessors

The Liberty County Commission establishes the annual budget for county government operations and levies the mill rate necessary to fund the portion of the budget to be paid for by ad valorem tax.

The Liberty County Board of Education, an elected body, establishes the annual budget for school purposes and adopts the mill rate necessary to fund the portion of the budget to be paid for by ad valorem tax.

The Liberty County Tax Commissioner, an elected office established by the Constitution, is the official responsible for performing all functions related to billing, collecting, accounting for and disbursing ad valorem taxes collected in this county. The Tax Commissioner also serves as an agent of the State Revenue Commissioner for the registration of motor vehicles. The Tax Commissioner does not set value or the millage rates.

Tax Bills
Generally, Liberty County property taxes are due by December 20th. If taxes are not paid on the property, it may be levied upon and ultimately sold.

This is quoted from Virgil Jones web page on the Liberty County webpage.


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Sheran commented on Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 at 18:06 PM

It sounds like away to raise your taxes with late fee.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 04:44 AM

mewbet, I think you have been misinformed.

Sheran, It is not a way to raise your taxes without a late fee.

I'm not positive when they are due I guess it is Jan one.

They are considered past due after the last day of February.

On March First a late penalty of either one or two per-cent is automatically added to any bills paid within that (the third) month.

Each month thereafter an additional one per-cent is added.

You have the right to pay them a year or so later, but it will cost you 12 per-cent per year to be late.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 04:47 AM

I'm uncertain about the penalty but it is as stated above.

One or two per-cent added on March first and an an additional one per-cent added each month thereafter.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 04:54 AM

"Obviously the county doesn't really need our tax money".

Not so sure about that.

I heard through the grapevine that the county commissioners had to borrow about three hundred thousand dollars this past month to pay employee bonuses.

This came from someone in the courthouse who does not want or need to be identified.

Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 16:39 PM

It should be perfectly obvious to all why I anointed sebekm, (Michael Sebek), Chief for his service to our great country, and Most Valuable Blogger for his service to this cyber bathroom wall, said brother Jimmy. He is a perfectionist and so am I; however no one is perfect but that is his and my ultimate goal to inform and put out the whole story with truth and facts for the prosperity of the country. As you can see he conducted the research, and informed everyone on how to check the due date for your taxes and your tax liability. Thank you Chief MVB for your service once again!

golfnut31316 commented on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 19:26 PM

Thank you Sebekm

Its amazing what some people will post without doing any research or going by "here say." Mewbet, where did you get December 20th from?

timeontarget commented on Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 at 18:39 PM

All simply proof that you cannot rely on what you see on the computer.

Also what you see and read on "THESE HERE BLOGS"

mewbet commented on Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 at 18:45 PM

HOMEGENERAL INFORMATIONFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSMOTOR VEHICLESNEWSCONTACT USLINKS

Ad Valorem Tax Process
Ad valorem tax, more commonly known as property tax, is a large source of revenue for local governments in Georgia. The basis for ad valorem taxation is the fair market value of the property, which is established as of January 1 of each year. The tax is levied on the assessed value of the property which, by law, is established at 40% of the fair market value unless otherwise specified by law (O.C.G.A. 48-5-7). Fair market value means "the amount a knowledgeable buyer would pay for the property and a willing seller would accept for the property at an arm's length, bona fide sale. "(O.C.G.A. 48-5-311) The amount of tax is determined by the tax rate (mill rate) levied by various entities (one mill is equal to $1.00 for each $1,000 of assessed value, or .001).

Several distinct entities are involved in the ad valorem tax process:

The State Revenue Commissioner is responsible for examining the tax digests of counties in Georgia in order to determine that property is assessed uniformly and equally between and within the counties (O.C.G.A. 48-5-340). In addition, the State levies ad valorem tax each year in an amount which cannot exceed one-fourth of one mill (.00025).

The Liberty County Tax Assessor is responsible for the appraisal, assessment, and the equalization of all assessments within the county. They notify taxpayers when changes are made to the value of property, receive and review all appeals filed, and insure that the appeal process proceeds properly. In addition, they approve all exemptions claimed by the taxpayer.

The Liberty County Board of Equalization, appointed by the Grand Jury, is the body charged by law with hearing and adjudicating administrative appeals to property values and assessments made by the Board of Tax Assessors

The Liberty County Commission establishes the annual budget for county government operations and levies the mill rate necessary to fund the portion of the budget to be paid for by ad valorem tax.

The Liberty County Board of Education, an elected body, establishes the annual budget for school purposes and adopts the mill rate necessary to fund the portion of the budget to be paid for by ad valorem tax.

The Liberty County Tax Commissioner, an elected office established by the Constitution, is the official responsible for performing all functions related to billing, collecting, accounting for and disbursing ad valorem taxes collected in this county. The Tax Commissioner also serves as an agent of the State Revenue Commissioner for the registration of motor vehicles. The Tax Commissioner does not set value or the millage rates.

Tax Bills
Generally, Liberty County property taxes are due by December 20th. If taxes are not paid on the property, it may be levied upon and ultimately sold.

golfnut31316 commented on Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 09:04 AM

Mewbet's post of the link is outdated. It is on the current liberty county page under Virgil Jones tab.
Sounds like our tax commissioner needs to update his stuff.

Or maybe that could mean that if you haven't payed, for example 2010's property taxed by December 20th 2011, then the county can seize your property?

timeontarget commented on Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 09:50 AM

When taxes remain unpaid after the last day of February penalty is added and on the first day of each month thereafter one per-cent interest is added.

You can be several years late but you by law incur one per-cent per month interest.

The tax commissioner has discretion as to when the property is sold at the courthouse steps.

There is not a drop dead date regarding that.

Past tax commissioners have failed to collect penalty and interest from their friends and political allies.

The tax commissioner cannot legally forgive any interest or penalty.

About 25 years ago we had a tax commissioner who refused to go by the law and wound up in prison for about ten years.

timeontarget commented on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 06:55 AM

Actually it was about ten years ago that the tax commissioner was sentenced but it was ten or so years before that when she started her refusal to follow the law as it was at that time.

Few people today remember but Liberty County had another tax collector brought down in disgrace in the late forties.

timeontarget commented on Sunday, Jan 01, 2012 at 07:16 AM

There is much more to this story than was ever brought out in the trial.

timeontarget commented on Tuesday, Jan 03, 2012 at 18:57 PM

Oh no it is not a good thing.

The public should have been made aware.

The County Organ failed to tell the whole story.


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