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Written by Matt Davis on August 15, 2012. Posted in News/Weather

The 2012 property tax bills have been mailed for all Floyd County, City of Rome and Cave Spring taxpayers, according to a release from the office of Floyd County Tax Commissioner Kevin Payne.  The deadline to pay property taxes is November 15th.  Most Floyd County residents will see their tax bills drop from 2011 levels.  The millage rate for Floyd County and the City of Rome residents dropped to 29.888 mills and 35.117 mills, respectively (where 1 mil equals $1 per $1000 of assessed value).  This was due to the reduction in the State portion of all property tax bills.  Assessments have dropped for most residents in the county, resulting in smaller tax bills.

Some 62 percent of taxes for Floyd County residents go to the Floyd County Board of Education and 66 percent of Rome City taxes go to the Rome City Board of Education.  The remainder will go to the Rome and Floyd County governments, aside from a small portion that goes to the State of Georgia.

The tax office accepts payments online, by mail, or in person at the historic Courthouse on Fifth Avenue in downtown Rome.  Customers may pay with cash, checks, or credit/debit cards.  All credit/debit card payments, either in person or online, will be charged a convenience fee of 2.2 % plus 30 cents a transaction.

Commissioner Payne says that partial payments are always accepted, as of now.  He states, “If anyone is concerned about having the lump sum payment in November, I would strongly recommend partial payments each month starting now.”

By law, once a bill becomes delinquent on November 16th, a 1% interest will be added each month, calculated from the original base amount of the tax.

This will be followed by a 10% penalty 90 days after the due date.

Payne adds, “Paying your property taxes late is a very expensive proposition in Georgia, and I have no authority to waive interest or penalties.”

Payments may be mailed to:  Floyd County Tax Commissioner at PO Box 26, Rome, Georgia 30162.  They can be paid online at www.floydcountytax.com.  And, again, you can pay in person at the Tax Commissioners office.  Questions should be directed to the Floyd County Tax office at (706) 291-5148 or emailed to Kevin Payne at paynek@floydcountyga.org.

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