2017-11-01 / News

County tax bills out soon, can be paid via Internet

By SAM ADAMS

Letcher County residents will be able to pay their property tax bill online this year for the first time.

But they might have to wait a week.

The new website for the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department hadn’t been completed yet as of Tuesday, but the department expects it to be open and usable by the public soon. The site is being designed by Software Management LLC, of Louisville.

The company is also making tax bills and hadn’t completed them yet, either. By law, tax bills have to be postmarked by today (Nov. 1). Lt. LaShawna Frazier said she hoped to have the bills in hand and mailed out today.

Those paper bills will be different this year. The new bills will be printed on post cards instead of stuffed into envelopes.

The sheriff ’s department announced the changes this week. In the past, residents would receive a yellow bill inside an envelope, and they could pay either by mail or in person. But a tight budget forced the department to try something new, Frazier said. Postage is less for a postcard than for a letter, and there are other savings as well.

“We’re saving on postage, we’re not having to by envelopes, or the supplies to make the books,” she said. “Plus, it makes it easier to pay online for people who can’t get here during office hours.”

In order to pay online, taxpayers will visit the sheriff ’s department website at www.letchercountysheriff.com, and will have the option to either view or pay their bill. They will be able to pull the bill up by searching for their name or their bill number, and then pay with a credit or debit card.

Tax bills go out this week, and anyone who pays before Nov.30 will receive a 2 per- 2 percent discount. From Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, they will pay face value. A 3 percent penalty will be added during the month of January, and a 10 percent penalty plus a 10 percent add-on from Feb. 1 to April 16.

Software Management, the company preparing the bills and the online payment system, has provided services for the Letcher Court Clerk for years. The company designed the system that scans deeds and other papers, and makes a digital copy that is searchable on computer. It also makes the software used for delinquent tax bills.

It provides the same kind of service to 63 of the state’s 120 counties, and is now branching out into tax software for sheriff ’s offices.

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