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Property tax bills are in mail

2014 property tax bills have been mailed to all La Plata County property owners. Property taxes are paid retroactively, meaning that 2014 taxes are paid in 2015. It is the property owner's responsibility to pay their property taxes even if a bill is not received. Please contact the treasurer's office if you haven't received your bill by the end of January. Interest accrues on unpaid taxes.

You may elect one of two ways to pay your property taxes: two payments or in one lump sum.

· If you elect to pay one lump-sum, that payment is due by April 30.

· If you choose to make two payments, 50 percent is due by Feb. 28 and 50 percent is due by June 15. As Feb. 28 is a Saturday, if it is postmarked on this date, we will consider it received by this date.

COMMON MISTAKES:

Here are some common mistakes that will result in returned checks:

·If the property has a mortgage and an escrow account, the mortgage-holder will pay the property taxes for you. The property tax bill is for notification purposes only.

·If the check is unsigned or post dated.

·If the numeric amount does not match the written-out dollar amount.

·If the amount is less or more than 50 percent of the bill, if paid by two payments.

Please contact the treasurer's office with any questions or concerns at 382-6352, or in person at 1060 Main Avenue, Suite 103, Durango between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Allison Morrissey

La Plata County Treasurer