Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Mecklenburg County residents are reminded that property tax payments
must be paid on or before January 5, 2010 to avoid interest charges.
If mailed, the payment must be postmarked by the United States Postal
Service on or before that date. Taxpayers are urged to pay their tax
obligations immediately to avoid a penalty.

Property owners whose payments are received or postmarked after
January 5 will be charged 2-percent interest for the month of January
2010 and an additional ¾-percent every month thereafter until paid.

All unpaid taxes will be advertised in local newspapers and an
additional advertising fee will be added to each bill. Unpaid taxes
are subject to collection action including garnishment, seizure of
property, and foreclosure. North Carolina's set-off debt program also
authorizes Mecklenburg County to seize N.C. income tax refunds to
satisfy delinquent taxes.

There are several ways to pay your tax bill:

· Online: Visit and use your credit
card, debit card or eCheck.*

· By phone: Call 1-877-533-0072 and use your credit card, debit
card or eCheck*

· By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope in your tax

· In person: Pay in person between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.:
- Robert L. "Bob" Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall
- West Service Center, 4150 Wilkinson Blvd.

* Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector. A
convenience fee is assessed when using the credit/debit option. Credit/
debit/eCheck payments are not accepted when paying in person.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Taxpayers with questions about their bill,
property listings, or real estate valuations can call311. Taxpayers
calling from outside Mecklenburg County should dial 704-336-4600. More
information is also available at

What is taxed? Property taxes are levied on real property (land and
buildings) and personal property (boats, aircraft, income-producing
business personal property, and unlicensed motor vehicles, etc.) The
Tax Collector bills for licensed motor vehicles based on the monthly
registration data from the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

You pay taxes to Mecklenburg County and the municipality in which you
live. If you live in Charlotte, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville,
Matthews, Mint Hill or Pineville, you receive one tax bill for both
county and municipal taxes. Property owners in unincorporated
Mecklenburg County pay additional taxes for their share of police
services through the Law Enforcement Services District Tax.

Tax bills were mailed to the owner of record at the address shown on
the listing as of January 1, 2009. According to North Carolina law,
failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the tax or interest