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Washington County tax bills in the mail

June 29, 2013

Washington County property owners can expect to see their county and state tax bills in their mailboxes over the next few days.

County Treasurer Todd Hershey said real-estate tax bills were printed last week and were to be sent out Friday, most likely arriving by Saturday or Monday.

“We’re getting a lot of calls from people wondering where they are,” he said.

In total, the county anticipates collecting $107.7 million in property taxes, Hershey said.

Real-estate taxes overall have declined steadily over the past few years, dropping from $113 million collected in 2010-11, Hershey said. The county collected $111.9 million in the 2011-12 fiscal year, and still is collecting the remaining portion of taxes for 2012-13 in the amount of $109.7 million.

Municipal tax bills, like for the city of Hagerstown and the county’s eight incorporated towns, are sent out separately, Hershey said.

State taxes also are included in the tax mailings, but Hershey did not have a figure as to how much those funds totaled out to for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Hershey said property owners can make payments by mail or online using credit or debit cards. A 2.5-percent surcharge will be added to credit-card transactions and a flat fee of $3.95 will be added to debit-card payments, both levied by third-party processing companies, he said.

For those who might be below certain income levels or between jobs, Hershey said a homeowner’s tax credit program is available that can pay for some or all of a property owner’s real-estate taxes should they apply and qualify for benefits.

Residents who wish to find out more about that program may call the Maryland Department of Assessment and Taxation at 1-800-944-7403.

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— C.J. Lovelace

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