SHALIMAR —Okaloosa County property owners can receive a 4% discount on their property taxes if paid during the month of November.
"Last November, taxpayers saved over $7.46 million," said Tax Collector Ben Anderson.
The final day to receive the discount is typically Nov. 30; however, this year that day falls on the Saturday following the Thanksgiving holiday. In this case, State Statutes allow the discount deadline to be extended one business day, or until Dec. 2.
According to Tax Agent Samantha Terrell over 80% of the total tax roll is collected in the month of November, equaling nearly $186 million dollars.
"The total 2019 Property Tax Roll is $255,163,409.30," Terrell said. "On Oct. 31st, our office mailed 123,581 bills, including notices for tangible personal property."
For customers planning to drop off payments toward the end of November, the Tax Collector’s Office will have team members staged in their branch office lobbies on Nov. 26, 27 and Dec. 2 to expedite the process. Payments being mailed must be postmarked on or before Nov. 30 to receive the 4% discount.
"Instead of mailing or dropping off payments, taxpayers can quickly and securely pay them online with an eCheck at OkaloosaTax.com for no additional charge," Anderson said. "Plus, you still receive the full 4% discount, making it the most efficient way to pay."
All Okaloosa County Tax Collector Offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving.