Pittsylvania County residents should receive tax bills in the mail by the end of the week, according to Treasurer Kate Berger.

More than 77,300 bills were scheduled to go out Monday and Tuesday.

Taxes are due June 5.

For the first time, residents will have the option of signing up to receive future tax bills electronically rather than in the mail.

“Assuming we have enough response, we plan to start the electronic bills in the fall,” Berger said.

Sending bills by email will save on paper, printing, and postage, and be more convenient for taxpayers, Berger said.

“It costs the county less, and, ultimately, will save us money in the budget,” the treasurer said.

Electronic bills also will help the county keep better track of taxpayers. Although residents may move, most keep the same email address.

“It will make it easier for us to get tax bills to some people,” Berger said.

The county bills for real estate, personal property, and solid waste twice a year.

Residents have the option of paying half in June and the other half in December.

Quite a few residents pay the full amount in June so that they don’t have to worry about it in the fall, Berger said.

Tax bills also include the county’s $5-per-month solid waste fee. The trash fee — $60 a year for each household — can be paid in two installments of $30 each.

In addition, tax bills include the $38.75 vehicle license fee, which replaced decals. The full license fee must be paid in June.

Residents have several options for paying taxes. They can pay by mail as long as it’s postmarked by June 5 or pay in person at the treasurer’s office in Chatham.

The treasurer’s office also has a drop box for payments 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Credit card payments are accepted as well, but include a small convenience fee. Information is listed on taxpayers’ bills.

Residents who can’t pay their taxes on time are advised to contact the treasurer’s office to work out an installment plan.

“If for some reason they can’t pay, they need to come in as soon as possible,” Berger said.

The county also offers tax breaks for the elderly and disabled who qualify.

Taxes not paid by June 5 are assessed a 10 percent penalty after the due date and 10 percent interest after July 1.

Berger, who took office Dec. 1, said the treasurer’s office has an aggressive tax collection policy that includes liens and DMV stops.

DMV stops target delinquent personal property and prevent vehicle owners from renewing their registration until taxes and fees are paid.

Most residents will see higher tax bills this year after the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted 5-2 in April to approve a $175.5 million budget for next year that includes a 5-cent tax hike.

The spending plan, which goes into effect July 1, increased the county’s real estate tax rate 3 cents, from 56 cents to 59 cents per $100 of assessed value.

It also included a 2-cent tax increase from reassessment.

Overall property values rose 3.6 percent following reassessment and will bring in an additional $700,000 in revenue.

Altogether, the county will rake in about $2.1 million in new money.

Some residents whose property values increased more than the average will pay even more in taxes.

Staunton River District Supervisor Elton Blackstock, Dan River District Supervisor James Snead, ast year.

Revenue includes $52.1 million in local funds, $86.9 million from the state, and $14.2 million in federal money.

The budget calls for a 3 percent pay increase for county employees, including 1 percent required for the Virginia Retirement System.

For more information, call the treasurer’s office at 432-7960.

tim.davis@chathamstartribune.com

434-432-2791

(2) comments

tvhost

I want to know why the are late coming out. When Teresa was treasurer and they were late she gave the people more time to pay. Seems that's not the case here.

Steve Mathlery

Dear tvhost:

If you receive your tax bill after May 22, 2014, then you have a valid complaint. The Virginia State Code requires the local tax bill be delivered not later than fourteen (14) days prior to the due date....the due date is June 5, 2014.

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