Onslow County’s deadline for property tax payment is quickly approaching.

“Onslow County property taxes due as of Sept. 1, 2016 will become delinquent if not paid on or before Jan. 5, 2017,” according to a press release.

In the property taxes go unpaid, Harry Smith, Onslow County tax administrator, said annual taxes become delinquent on Jan. 6. Interest, he said, begins to accrue at the rate of two percent for the first month and then three-fourths of a percent per month after. Additional interested, he added, will be added on the first of each subsequent month.

“Delinquent real estate taxes are advertised in the newspaper, usually in March each year,” Smith said. “The cost to advertise is added to the account. Historically, this has been in the $3-4 range.”

Delinquent taxes are also subject to statutory collection remedies, including wage garnishment, attachment of funds to a bank account, and as a last resort, foreclosure action.

Onslow County residents can make their payment either by mail, in person, debit or credit card by Internet, electronic check by Internet, or credit card by telephone.

To mail the payment, mail the payment and payment coupon to 234 NW Corridor Blvd. in Jacksonville. Residents can also make their payment in person to the same location.

To pay online, visit TaxOnline.OnslowCountyNC.gov/. According to the press release, payment information will be reflected on the Internet within two business days and the business, Official Payments, that is contracted by the county to process credit card and electronic check payments will charge a convenience fee for the service of processing the charge.

To make the payment over the phone, call Official Payments at 800-272-9829. The jurisdiction code for Onslow County is 4333.

For more information, visit OnslowCountyNC.gov.