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Halifax Taxes Being Mailed

The Town of Halifax will be mailing out 2009 taxes for real estate, personal property and machine and tool taxes to residents, businesses and property owners the week of Nov. 2 According to Town Manager Carl Espy, as an added convenience this year in response to taxpayers’ preference, separate tax notices will be included in the same envelope mailed by the town to residents, businesses and property owners who owe both the real estate and personal property/machine and tool tax.

Checks for the total amount due should be made payable to Town of Halifax, Espy said.

Because the deadline for payment of total tax due for both real estate and personal property/machine and tool is Saturday, Dec. 5, payments postmarked on this date will not be assessed penalty and interest.

If a receipt is desired, Espy said residents should enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Payments made after the due date are subject to 10 percent penalty and 10 percent interest per annum. In addition to applicable penalties and interest, late payments on personal property will be for 100 percent of tax due without regard to any former entitlement to state PPTRA relief, Espy said.

If ownership of property has been transferred during the current tax year, the bill should be forwarded to the responsible party, he added.

For information about the tax assessment of property, persons should contact the County Commissioner of Revenue’s office at 434-476-3314.

According to Espy, Halifax Town Council maintained the previous year’s real estate tax rate per $100 value at 18 cents when the FY 2009-10 budget was approved and appropriated.

The FY 2009-10 budget also reflects the machinery and tool tax rate per $100 value of 40 cents (the same rate since FY 2004-05) and the personal property tax rate per $100 value of $1.68 with a PPTRA rate set at 0.5889 (the same rates since FY 2006-07) as prescribed in the 2005 Amendment to the Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998.

At the regular meeting and public hearing on Oct. 14, Halifax Town Council eliminated the town vehicle decal effective April 15, Espy said.

In place of the town decal fee of $25, a town license fee in the same amount is now included as a line item on the annual personal property tax notice due by Dec. 5 each year, the town manager explained.