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January 28, 2013

Property tax deadline Thursday

GREENVILLE — Randy L. Wineinger, Hunt County’s newly-elected Tax Assessor-Collector has an important customer service message for Hunt County taxpayers — the last day to pay your 2012 property taxes without penalty and interest is Jan. 31, 2013 and it is fast approaching.

“Our cities, schools and the County rely on tax revenue to fund local services such as police and fire protection, as well as parks, libraries, roads, jails and schools,” Wineinger said. “Without collecting every possible dollar, local governments are hard-pressed to maintain the vital services we rely on, so pay your share today. Your last chance to pay to avoid penalty and interest is Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.”

Wineinger announced that to assist taxpayers with their property tax payments, the Hunt County Tax Office has extended its hours and is now open five days per week, including Friday.

The Hunt County Tax Office location in Greenville, including the drive-through, and the Annex in Quinlan are open 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In addition, the Greenville location of the Hunt County Tax Office offers extended lobby hours until 5:45 p.m. Thursdays. The Hunt County Tax Office Annex in Quinlan is closed from noon until 1 p.m. for lunch.

Property taxes can be paid online at www.hctax.info (choose Online Services option) using Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit/debit cards — these payments are subject to applicable convenience fees.

Pay-by-phone is available 24/7 at 866-612-4916 or at 866-549-1010 using Bureau Code 8488220 - both have options for English and Spanish. Both locations of the Hunt County Tax Office take over-the-counter credit/debit card payments.

If payment is being made by mail on January 31, it is recommended that the taxpayer obtain a postmark validation from the post office.

“The Hunt County Tax Office may be reached at 903-408-4000, and is available to assist citizens with questions regarding property tax and motor vehicle registration during out business hours,” Wineinger said. “I encourage citizens to contact us with your questions today.”

One of Mr. Wineinger’s goals is to improve customer service and outreach to taxpayers. Those citizens who cannot afford to pay in full are encouraged to act now and make partial payments.

Partial payments will be applied and the outstanding balance will be subject to penalties and interest as opposed to the full original amount due.

“Please pay your taxes today,” Wineinger stressed. “I am hopeful that our taxpayers will heed this warning and pay their taxes by Jan. 31, 2013 to avoid the penalty and interest. Our local governments are depending on our citizens to do what is only right and fair.”

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