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 These citizens waited in line Thursday to pay their county property taxes at Trustee Jim Major’s office in the Wilson County Courthouse. The deadline to pay county property taxes is 4:30 p.m., today. Deadline to pay city property taxes in Lebanon and Watertown is 4:30 p.m., Monday, March 1.

ZACK OWENSBY / The Wilson Post

By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson Post

For those of us who have not done so, we have until 4 p.m., today to pay our Wilson County property taxes.

That’s right, the taxman calleth, and it’s time to pay up.

Property taxes are normally due Feb. 28, but this year that falls on Sunday when government offices are closed.

Wilson County Trustee Jim Major said his office will open at 8 a.m. today and workers will be ready to accept your payments. You can, of course, pay online using a credit card, but Major noted the credit card company, not the county, will charge an extra 2.75 percent for the transaction.

“Collections are coming along,” he said, adding, “we’re about 4 percent ahead of last year.”

Major said he projects more than $57 million in property taxes will be paid and by the time he turns over the tax books next March, he expects 99 percent of the taxes will be collected.

The county property tax rate is $2.43 per $100 of assessed value.

If you have any questions regarding the county property tax, tax relief or freeze, call Major at 444-0894.

Property taxes are also due in the Cities of Lebanon and Watertown, but if you reside in either place you have until Monday, March 1 to make your payment.

You can mail your city property tax payment if you choose, and as long as it is postmarked March 1, you will not be charged a penalty, said Regina Hall, one the clerks at Lebanon City Hall who accepts tax payments. The other clerk is Sara Bogle.

Hall said if you prefer to pay your taxes in person, you may do so on the first floor of City Hall. Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Lebanon’s property tax rate is .3350 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Some citizens also pay a Lebanon Special School District tax of .3900 cents. The borders of the LSSD do not necessarily follow the city’s boundaries and includes some who reside in the county.

For more information, call 444-6300.

If you reside in the city limits of Watertown, you may also pay your property taxes in person at City Hall at 8630 Sparta Pike, said April Lamberson, city recorder. Hours are 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is closed from noon until 1 p.m. each day for lunch.

Watertown’s property tax rate is .6840 cents per $100 of assessed value.

If you need more information, call 237-3326.

The City of Mt. Juliet does not have a property tax, but residents in Wilson’s westernmost municipality do pay county property taxes.

Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at news@wilsonpost.com.

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