Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 30, 2013

Tax rates set

Bills will be in the mail soon

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The tax rates are set and those annual bills will be in the mail within the next few days.

Henderson County Tax Assessor-Collector Milburn Chaney said some final changes are being made to the bill before they can be sent to the taxpayers.

“They should go out by the end of this week or the first of next week,” Chaney said.

The Henderson County tax office is in the top 20 in the state in the number of statements created.

“We have a lot of mobile homes in the lake area and have a lot of minerals here that a lot of counties don’t have,” Chaney said. “We have about 110,000.”

Some addresses get multiple statements, so they are sent in one envelope. In the past, Chaney’s office had to prepare and mail all of the statements themselves. That’s now handled by an outside company.

Even though the property owners will have their statements on-hand this month, the payments are due in January. Chaney’s office has made several changes in recent years to make it easier for the taxpayer to avoid long lines or delays.

Payments are accepted by mail, Internet or phone. Payments mailed to the tax office will be considered on-time if postmarked in January.

Because the county handles the billing for 28 taxing entities, several totals are listed on the statement. For example, if someone lives in the City of Athens, the bill will include the assessment for the city, the Athens Independent School District and the water tax. That would be followed by the county tax for the general fund, the road-and-bridge tax and the county Farm-to-Market Flood Control tax. The final assessment on the bill is for the Trinity Valley Community College District.