Property owners who have not paid their 2011 taxes have until July 2 to pay up to avoid a 15 percent collection penalty.
By state law the tax office must turn over all delinquent accounts to collection attorneys on July 1, but because that is a Sunday this year, the deadline is July 2. Payments must be made on or before, or postmarked on or before, July 2.
Luanne Caraway, Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector, noted that “if you are delinquent on July 3, your bill will go up by more than 15 percent that day. If you are delinquent you can contact the tax office to work out a payment agreement if you are unable to pay the full amount.”
Notices were mailed in May informing taxpayers that a 15 percent collection penalty would be added if the account is not paid in time. However, persons who are over 65, disabled, or on active military duty out of the area may qualify for a deferral of homestead property tax. Persons who think they are eligible for a deferral should contact the Hays Central Appraisal District, (not the tax office) at 21001 N. IH-35 in Kyle (eastside frontage road), 512-268-2522.
Taxes can be paid online at www.hayscountytax.com or at any one of the County’s four tax office locations. Offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. except as noted. Payments can be made at or mailed to the San Marcos office at 712 South Stagecoach Trail (drive-through is available on the east side of the building). The Kyle office, open 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, has moved to temporary buildings at 5458 FM 2770 at Crystal Meadow Drive. In-person payments can also be made in Dripping Springs at the Precinct 4 office (closed Fridays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.) on Roger Hanks Parkway or in Buda at 500 Jack C. Hays Trail.
The Hays County Courthouse is located at 111 E. San Antonio Street, on the square in San Marcos, TX. The new Hays County Government Center, home to many area County offices and the judicial courts, is located at 712 South Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos. See www.co.hays.tx.us for more information and directions.
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