published Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Sign-up open for Bradley County tax plan

HOW TO PAY

Monthly payment methods:

* Automatic withdrawal from a valid checking account

* By mail

* At the trustee's office

Source: Bradley County trustee

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — For Bradley County property owners who want to pay their property taxes in monthly installments in 2012, now is the time to sign up, County Trustee Mike Smith said.

Enrollment is open through Dec. 16. An additional enrollment period will be from Jan. 3 through Feb. 10, Smith said.

The first monthly payment will be due March 15.

With approval by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office and the Bradley County Commission, installment tax payments began with 2011.

"The 12-month payment plan has become an extremely popular program," Smith said. "The number of parcels included in this plan the first year exceeded expectations, and we are confident that number will increase."

Bradley County had 204 parcels on the 12-month program in 2011.

The decision on how much monthly payments should be is up to the taxpayer.

Smith said Wednesday his office will advise enrollees about their monthly payment, based on the current tax rate. But taxpayers can decide their own monthly payment. At the end of the tax year, they can make a catch-up payment to cover what is left.

The trustee's office has a partial payment program for current and delinquent real and personal taxes, also.

For more information, call the trustee's office at 423-728-7247.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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