BLOUNTVILLE — If you own property in Sullivan County and haven’t paid the 2011 county property taxes on it, you’ve got about a week to do so and avoid being taken to court.
On April 1, those left on the 2011 delinquent tax rolls will be turned over to Sullivan County Chancery Court, resulting in a higher penalty (21 percent), court costs and potential attorney’s fees.
There are more than 90,000 property parcels on Sullivan County’s tax rolls, and most owners pay their taxes on time, Sullivan County Trustee Frances Harrell said Friday. But there are the exceptions.
For 2011 taxes, about 1,600 or so tax bills remained unpaid Friday, Harrell said.
The 2011 taxes originally were due the last day of February 2012. Time is running out to catch up on those tax payments without going to court, Harrell said.
Currently, there is a 19.5 percent penalty on those unpaid taxes. It accrues at 1.5 percent per month. The total will increase to 21 percent when the outstanding parcels are switched over to chancery court.
Harrell said delinquent 2011 taxpayers are urged to make payment by March 29 at any of her three offices — in the historic Sullivan County Courthouse in Blountville, at Kingsport City Hall and at the Bristol Justice Center.
Paying by March 29 ensures the payments will get processed before the morning of April 1, when computer records will automatically switch the delinquent accounts to the court, Harrell said.
Online payments will be cut off on Saturday March 30, Harrell said.
Property on which taxes remain delinquent is ultimately auctioned by the county.