Onslow County had $6.9 million in uncollected property taxes in 2016, but the county’s tax administrator, Harry Smith, said the number isn’t out of line with past years.
“The amount varies from year to year, but has been in excess of $6 million in past years,” he said, adding that the amount includes municipal taxes, as well as county taxes.
Smith provided a report on the unpaid taxes at the Onslow County Board of Commissioners regular meeting on Feb. 6, where he suggested different collection methods.
The names and amount owed on property still outstanding will be published in The Daily News for those that haven’t paid by Feb. 24. Payments must be received and posted by that date to ensure a name is removed from the list, he added. Other legal remedies include: wage garnishment, attach bank account, levy and sale of personal property, foreclosure of real estate, and submission to the North Carolina Debt-Setoff Program.
The number of tax liens represents about 6.4 percent of the current tax year levy, Smith said. The largest unpaid bill, he said, was Jacksonville Lodgings LLC. The company, with corporate offices in New Bern and Washington, according to the N.C. Department of the Secretary of State, has no other unpaid prior year bills. the 2015 bill was paid on Sept. 28, 2015. According to Smith, the company owes $52,767.10 as of Monday morning.
In 2015, the Onslow County tax list had 5,163 tax liens published in The Daily News.
Onslow County residents can pay their property taxes by mailing payments by check with payment coupon to Onslow County Tax Office, 234 Northwest Corridor Blvd., Jacksonville 28540. Residents can also pay with check, cash, debit or credit cards at the tax office on the second floor of Onslow County Government Center. Citizens can also pay online by debit or credit card, or electronic check at TaxOnline.OnslowCountyNC.gov. A convenience fee will be charged by Official Payments to process credit card and electronic check payments.
Tax liens from 2016 will be published in The Daily News on March 20.
For more information, visit OnslowCountyNC.gov.