Columbus homeowners who have yet to pay all their property taxes this year face a deadline today.
Normally those who paid a required 40 percent by Oct. 1 would have to pay the rest Dec. 1, but not when Dec. 1 falls on a weekend, as it did Sunday. "If the due date falls on a weekend or holiday, payment is extended to the following business day, in this case for walk-in customers by 5 p.m. Monday, December 2," Deputy Tax Commissioner Tony Floyd wrote in an email.
Property owners who would rather not make a last-minute rush to the tax office also may meet the deadline by getting their checks in the mail in time to get a Dec. 2 postmark, Floyd said.
The tax bills come with a white copy and a yellow copy. Taxpayers must return the white copy with their payment; the yellow copy is for their own records. Those traveling to the tax office may want to take the yellow copy with them so the worker collecting their payment can stamp it to show the tax was paid.
The tax office opens at 8:30 a.m. Once located in the Columbus Government Center's east wing off Second Avenue, the Muscogee Tax Commissioner's office now is off Macon Road at the new City Service Center, 311 Citizens Way, behind the Muscogee County Public Education Center and in front of the city natatorium.
Muscogee County tax bills include the notice that if a homeowner's mortgage company pays the taxes through an escrow account, the property owner should send the bill's white copy to the mortgage company.