County taxes due today

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor

Today is the last day Curry County property owners can pay the second half of 2006 property taxes without interest or penalties.

The first half was due Nov. 10 and taxpayers had until Dec. 10 to make on-time payments, many paying their taxes in full, according to Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout.

Bookout estimates about half of the payments were for the full amount, a slight increase of the 40 or 45 percent who paid in the past.

Bookout thinks taxpayers wanted to be done with it.

Her office in the Curry County Courthouse is staffed to handle last-minute payments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

“We have a lot walk in,” Bookout said.

The space was recently remodeled with “a larger waiting area,” she said.

“I help the girls take payments so that people don’t have to wait so long,” she said.

She and her three staff members have computers on their desks that enable them to process payments.

“(It is) more efficient for us to work and for the taxpayer,” Bookout said.

County Assessor Randy Williams said his office has completed reappraisals for 2007 tax assessments.

“We have done reappraisals for this year and all residential has gone up between 3 and 6 percent,” Williams said.

“That doesn’t mean their taxes have gone up (that amount),” he cautions.

“I would estimate that they would see an increase in 2007 of residential taxes of 2 to 4 percent,” Williams said.

Fast facts

Property taxes

In person: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today by check, cash or certified funds

By mail: Must be postmarked by May 10

Credit card: www.official payments.com or (800) 272-9829.

Credit cards cannot be accepted at the Curry County Treasurer’s Office