County consolidates tax assortment: Harlingen, ISD now a part of centralized system

A view of the drive-thru lane of the Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collector assortment area on Tuesday afternoon, August 2, 2022 in downtown Brownsville. (Miguel Roberts / The Brownsville Herald)

Cameroon County accomplished its consolidation of tax assortment with the signing of an interlocal settlement between the Court docket of Commissioners and the Workplace of the County Tax Assessor-Collector and the Metropolis of Harlingen, the Harlingen Consolidated Unbiased College District, Los Fresnos CISD and the Rio Hondo Unbiased College District Is. Provides authority to the workplace of the assessor-collector to gather tax on behalf of these entities.

Countywide consolidation of the county’s tax assortment — an innovation pressured by the pandemic — earned it a 2022 Nationwide Achievement Award from the Nationwide Affiliation of Counties earlier this 12 months.

“Consolidation eliminates duplication of providers, saving entities tax {dollars} and making it simpler for taxpayers to pay in a single centralized location,” stated County Tax Assessor-Collector Tony Yazaguirre Jr. “Cameroon County taxpayers can now pay their property tax at any of our 10 places throughout the nation, or at any of the seven counties they deposit at Lone Star Nationwide Financial institution places throughout the county. will pay the tax.”

The assessor-collector’s workplace now has a five-lane drive-thru location at 199 S. Sam Houston Blvd. A six-lane drive-thru in San Benito and at 300 E. Van Buren St. in Harlingen. As well as, a further drive-thru lane has been added to the Los Fresnos tax workplace.

A full checklist of Tax Workplace branches, together with drive-throughs, could be discovered at Tax may also be paid by way of the web site.

Harlingen and ISD are joined by 43 tax districts and 41 avenue mild and evaluation districts, for which the assessor-collector’s workplace is presently accumulating. He stated tax notices exit to all county taxpayers this week, and the assessor-collector’s workplace will assume all present 2022 and excellent tax-collection accounts. About 217,000 2022 tax statements have been mailed within the first week of October for private property and actual property accounts, Yazaguirre stated, including that the full levy for 2022 throughout all tax jurisdictions is about $518 million.

He urged taxpayers to reap the benefits of early cost tax exemptions that pay early in some districts – 3 per cent for these paying in October, 2 per cent for November and 1 per cent for December. Taxes for the 2022 tax 12 months develop into due on January 31 and develop into delinquent on February 1.

“Property homeowners who can’t pay their taxes in full can reap the benefits of varied cost plan choices, and/or make partial funds at any of the ten Tax Workplace department places,” Yazaguirre stated. “This needs to be organized as quickly as attainable to make sure, or taxes have been paid in full, by January of 2023 to keep away from any extra penalties and curiosity.”

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