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Helms letter: County property tax deadline next week

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An important deadline is approaching for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2014 tax books, which takes place March 16.
This is an important step in the annual fiscal budgeting process for Lancaster County government, as it allows those who serve on County Council, the school board and the town and city councils to determine how much tax revenue they will have to work with as they finish their 2015-2016 budgets.
Taxes on homes, business properties, boats and motors (this deadline does not apply to cars), which are still due after this date must be paid to the county tax collector’s office. As additional penalties and costs will be charged to anyone who still owes taxes, please do all you can to get your taxes paid before this deadline.
After this deadline, all non-vehicle taxes will be transferred to the tax collector’s office. You may contact this office by calling (803) 283-8885 for assistance. Please note the tax collector’s office does not accept partial payments, the same as our office. They also do not accept personal checks or debit/credit cards.
 Any time you have questions or concerns, please come by our office at the Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St., Lancaster, call us at (803) 285-7939 or visit our website, www.mylancastersctax.org.
Carrie Helms
Lancaster County treasurer