Bradley County tax statements will be mailed out this week.
Bradley County Trustee Mike Smith said taxpayers making payments in person must bring their tax statement or map and parcel number with them.
Smith said a property owner’s map and parcel number could be acquired by contacting the Assessor of Property Office.
This is “critical because of the new system,” Smith said. A new software system being used by the assessor’s office makes it more difficult for a parcel to be looked up without the map and parcel number or tax statement. It was the switch to this software that caused the delay in the mailing of tax statements.
Feb. 28 is the deadline for paying this year’s property taxes. Partial payments will be accepted until that time. Payments can be made by cash, check or credit card.
The Trustee’s Office is located in the Bradley County Courthouse. It can be reached at 728-7249. The Assessor of Property Office can be reached at 728-7126.
Included in this year’s tax statement will be a newsletter highlighting Bradley County Schools. The newsletter was developed by the director’s office as part of the Bradley County Board of Education’s desire to have a yearly report available to the public. Smith said in a previous interview that the newsletter serves as a way to show county residents how their taxes are used. More than 50 percent of county taxes go toward education.
Plans are also being made to make the tax statements available via email in the near future.