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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.

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 at 18:28 PM

"Taxes in Liberty County are due by December 20th..."

I live in Liberty County, and my property taxes are due February 29, 2012. I called and confirmed this.

Which taxes are you talking about? Even if you haven't received your notice yet, you can pay online here:

http://www.libertycountyga.com/index....

AFTER you check out your tax liability here:

http://www.libertycountyga.com/index....

I found my tax info just now by filling in the “Search By Address” fields (Street No and Street Name). Simply type in yours; click search; then click on the “Parcel Number” on the next page. This brings up your “Ownership and Location Information” page. Then click on the “Tax Info” tab. When I do this, I get 20 years of tax info (2012 and 19 years back to 1992), and includes the amount, due date, and status for each year.

When I spoke with the representative at the tax office, he said ALL Liberty County property taxes were due February 29, 2012.

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.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM

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

Property taxes are due on the date shown in the "Date Due" box on the bill right below the "Amount Due." You can see this online by calling up your bill. Mine is "February 29, 2012." The Liberty County Tax Office said EVERYBODY's property tax bill is due on February 29, 2012.

You can also find the due date by following the instructions I posted above. Here they are again - in case you chose not to read my post (as TOT apparently didn't):

"AFTER you check out your tax liability here:

http://www.libertycountyga.com/index....

I found my tax info just now by filling in the “Search By Address” fields (Street No and Street Name). Simply type in yours; click search; then click on the “Parcel Number” on the next page. This brings up your “Ownership and Location Information” page. Then click on the “Tax Info” tab. When I do this, I get 20 years of tax info (2012 and 19 years back to 1992), and includes the amount, due date, and status for each year."

The "Date Tax Due" is also shown on the "Tax Info" page as well. Consistent with what the Tax Office told me, mine reads "02/29/2012" (supposedly just like everybody else's).

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011 at 15:10 PM

...also, from today's Courier:

"The final due date on the notices is Feb. 29, but property owners often try to pay them in the same calendar year so that the taxes paid can be a deduction from the same years’ federal income tax filings....."

See: http://beta.coastalcourier.com/sectio...

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?

sebekm commented on Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 at 14:01 PM

From 1994 - 1996, MY property taxes WERE due on December 20th. I'm assuming that means - if Liberty County has followed the same pattern over the years - that EVERYBODY's property taxes were due on that date in those years. However, since then, the due dates have varied and December 20th has not been one of them. Beginning in 1998, my property taxes were due in either January or February, except for 2003 when they were due in October. For the last six years, the due date has been in February.

As I said, the Tax Office told me that EVERYBODY's property taxes were due on February 29th. The CC article mentions that some people who itemize tax deductions want to pay their property taxes prior to December 31st in order to take the deduction in the same year that the taxes are for. If you don't have your tax bill in time to do this, that's one gripe. But I haven't been able to find a valid basis for complaint connected to a purported tax due date of December 20th.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 at 14:18 PM

....and from the basic blog post:

"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"

I've checked the "Go to:" link and I can't find an "e-service" selection on that page. I do remember sometime in the past making that selection somewhere. My hunch is that somehow mewbet has accessed an expired web page that still exists in the cyberspace "archives." But if the page was accurate when it was current, it would have to be at least 15 years old to show a December 20th due date.

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.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Dec 29, 2011 at 19:13 PM

mewbet: My guess is that the link where you obtained the above information for your post is outdated. Between 1994 and 1996, Liberty County property taxes WERE generally due on December 20th. That has changed many times over since then. As I said, the Tax Office now says everybody's taxes are "generally due" on February 29. 2012. That date shows up on my tax bill. It supposedly appears on everybody's tax bill.

Call the tax office to verify this information if you are in doubt (as I did). The phone number is 876-3389. If that number continuously rings busy, you can get the same information from the Liberty Counter Assessors Office at 876-2823.

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.

sebekm commented on Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Actually, it was about 12 years ago that she was sentenced, and she got 30 years. See:

http://savannahnow.com/stories/051101...

sebekm commented on Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 14:27 PM

....I guess it was closer to 10 years ago the sentence was handed down....

sebekm commented on Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 15:30 PM

....but back to property taxes.....

I just received my bill in the mail, and the envelope contains an interesting flyer titled "Property Tax 101 A basic guide to understanding Property Taxes in Liberty County."

The operative sentence in the flyer for this blog string reads as follows:

"By Georgia law, taxes are due 60 days from the time they are billed."

So it is the "billing date" which determines the due date. As the bill (a.k.a. the "Ad Valorem Tax Notice") I receive every year (including the current one) is always UNDATED, this leaves it up to the Tax Commissioner to determine the due date, as (ostensibly) only he knows when the taxes are actually "billed." Hence the inclusion of a specific "Date Due" on the bill itself, supposedly making it easier for the taxpayer to know when his/her property taxes are actually "due."

The result of this is what I have described in my above posts, and what apparently happens from year-to-year: the due date "floats" according to when the bills are issued (i.e., when the Tax Commissioner decides 60 days have elapsed).

So the bottom line is this:

1. The web page which referenced December 20th as the date Liberty County property taxes are "generally due" is outdated and obsolete. The date property taxes are "generally due" floats from year to year depending on when the taxes are actually "billed."

2. If you haven't gotten your property tax bill yet but you believe you should have, go here:

http://www.libertycountyga.com/index....

and follow the directions in my Dec 28, 2011 11:33 AM post to check the current property tax information shown there.

3. When in doubt, CALL THE TAX OFFICE at 876-3389. If that line rings busy continuously (as it always seems to do when I call), call 876-2823.

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.

sebekm commented on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I did not know that. Hmmmmm....quite a "legacy" for this community. In the case of the most recent felonious tax commissioner, her supporters try to obfuscate the issue but the fact is she STOLE the money. Didn't/Couldn't make restitution. Was sentenced to 30 years. Appeals/clemency denied (so far). NAACP puts on blinders and cries racism, but (thank God) nobody is buying it.

At least we have one example where JUSTICE IS BEING SERVED.

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.

sebekm commented on Sunday, Jan 01, 2012 at 16:44 PM

That is probably a good thing...

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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