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Error caught on some city tax bills

July 04, 2006|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

HAGERSTOWN

The City of Hagerstown is resending 12,500 tax bills after a typographical error was discovered, Treasurer Nelia Tidler said Monday.

Tidler said it will cost the city $4,600 for postage and $900 in envelopes and letters explaining the error, a total of $5,500.

Corrected bills will be mailed "probably as soon as Friday," she said.

Incorrect bills were mailed on Friday of last week.

"There was an error in the printed real estate property tax bill for July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007," Alfred Martin, the city's finance director, said in a prepared statement distributed Monday. "The error is on the discounted annual payment amount if the payment is made in July and on the 1st semi-annual payment amount if paid in July. Both have the discount shown at 5% instead of 0.5%."

Tidler said the error was noticed Monday, as the first people came to City Hall to pay their bills. No one paid the wrong amount because of the error, which exists only on the tax bills, not in the city's tax records, she said.

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"If your City of Hagerstown taxes are paid by your mortgage company and if your mortgage company does not automatically pay your tax bill, please forward the corrected bill to them," Tidler said in a press release.

The city has asked people with questions about their tax bills to call 301-739-8577, ext. 188 or ext. 154, or send an e-mail to taxoffice@hagerstownmd.org.

City Hall is closed today in observance of Independence Day.

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