City tax notices now in the mail
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Nov 20, 2013 | 667 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Tax statements to property owners inside the city of Cleveland were mailed Tuesday.

City Manager Janice Casteel said the hope is that homeowners will receive their municipal tax statement and their county tax statement at the same time.

Although the mailings are coming from the same printing company, the two governmental documents are kept separate.

A delay in the mailing of the tax statements has not changed the deadline for paying taxes. Taxes are due Feb. 28.

“If payment is not received or postmarked by February 28, then starting March 1 and each month afterward a 1.5 percent penalty and interest fee is added to the base amount each month,” according to a city of Cleveland press release.

A switch to a new program in the Bradley County Assessor of Property Office delayed the tax bills from being mailed. The documents are usually mailed by the first week of October.

City taxpayers have a variety of options when paying their bills. Payments may be made in person, by mail or through the city’s website.

Cash, checks, money orders or credit cards are accepted as payment at the Municipal Building. The office, located at 90 Church Street N.E., is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payments may also be placed in the drop box outside the building. A copy of the tax statement is required with payments. Those paying by check may simply write the bill number on the check, a Cleveland government release said.

Checks made payable to "City of Cleveland" may also be mailed to City of Cleveland, P.O. Box 1519, Cleveland TN 37364.

City taxpayers can also pay online at www.clevelandtn.gov, by clicking on "online payments" on the right side of the screen. Look for "payment options" at the bottom of the page.

“There is a 2.75 percent convenience fee for credit cards and electronic checks. The city of Cleveland does not receive any portion of the convenience fee,” according to city government information.