Appraisal district located at 1600 E. Main, Suite 100

Staff Report, Orange Grove Journal

The Jim Wells County Appraisal District is reminding property owners who have not yet paid their 2007 property taxes they must do so by Jan. 31 to avoid having late penalties and interest charges added to their tax bills.

Chief Appraiser J. Sidney Vela said state law requires any 2007 property taxes not paid by Jan. 31 to be considered delinquent and must have an additional seven percent penalty and interest charge added to the tax bill for the month of February.

Penalties increase to a maximum of 12 percent, interest charges increase one percent each and every month until the delinquent tax bill is paid in full.

The Appraisal District office, located at the 1st Community Bank Building, 1600 E. Main St., Suite 100, in Alice (entrance is through the West side of the building on Stadium St.) is open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The Appraisal District office will remain open during the noon hour beginning Monday, Jan. 28 through Thursday, Jan. 31.

Taxpayers are urged to not wait until the last day to pay, as lines are expected to be long and some may end up waiting 30 to 45 minutes, or more, to pay their account.

Vela said payments may also be paid with a credit card on the Appraisal District's Internet Web site at Check or money order also may be sent to P.O. Box 607, Alice, Texas 78333-0607.

Mail-in payments must be postmarked, by the United States Post Office, no later than Jan. 31 to avoid late charges.