Payments can be mailed in, paid online

Staff Report, Alice Echo-News Journal

The Jim Wells County Appraisal District is reminding all property owners that 2006 property taxes must be paid before Wednesday, Jan. 31, to avoid penalties and interest.

Chief Appraiser J. Sidney Vela said state law requires any 2006 property taxes not paid by Jan. 31 to be considered delinquent and must have an additional seven percent penalty and interest charge added to their tax bill for the month of February. Penalties continue increasing to a maximum of 12 percent, with interest charges increasing one percent each month until the delinquent bill is paid in full.

"Anyone who has not as yet paid their 2006 property taxes must do so by Jan. 31 to avoid having late penalties and interest charges added to their tax bills," Vela said. "Taxpayers are urged not to wait until the last day to make your payments."

The Appraisal District office, located at the Alice City Hall, Room 100, 500 East Main Street, Alice, Texas is open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays. The office will remain open during the noon hour beginning Friday, Jan. 26, through Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Despite the appraisal district's request that taxpayers make their payments early, lines are expected to be long and some taxpayers may end up waiting 30 to 45 minutes or more to be helped, Vela said. Payments may also be paid with a credit card on the district's Internet Web site, or by mailing in a check or money order 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, 2007 to avoid late charges.