Don't Pay Your Edisto Beach Tax Bill Before read this...
Edisto Beach, SC
Tax Alert. I am sure by now that you have heard all the commotion about Colleton County’s new tax software. If not, Here is the short reprise of the situation. Beginning of 2009, the Colleton County Treasurer, and Assessor’s office purchased new software to bring the county’s into the 21st century. (Way over due in my opinion.) They were told that it would probably take about three months to migrate all the records from the old system to the new an updated version. Well about June, Becky Hill the county Treasurer new that they had a major problem. It was not until late August did they realize the magnanimity of the crisis. The bills would not be mailed in September and the County’s cash flow would be severely impeded. This was not good.
Flip ahead to the present, the bills were finally mailed last week, a tax bond was acquired to cover the cash shortage caused by the bill not being paid. Problem solved…well hold on their cowboy. This is one nightmare that just wouldn’t go away. So it turns out that a majority of the Bills that were mailed are Wrong. I have talked to several clients that their tax bill were almost double. Here is what was in the Press and Standard to day about the fiasco:
Shortly after the tax bill began appearing in the property owners’ mailboxes, the call into the county offices began.
“The number of calls has been horrendous,” Colleton County Treasurer Becky Hill said. “We can’t do anything but answer the phones and research what I wrong with the bills.”
Hill said the line of vistors to the office’s of Assessor George “Bucky” McCormack and Auditor Jim Hiott “were out the door.” Phone calls, she added, quickly filled up the voice mails of office personnel.
That led callers to begin dialing Hill’s office and tying up the treasurer’s office lines.
“The first day was the worst,” Hill said. Now each day, its getting a little better.”
Wednesday, Hiott said his office is still being inundated with calls. He had 35 messages to respond to when he began his day.
Stop! Don’t Pay your Tax Bill until you have thoroughly Read your Bill and if it is a Huge difference from last year call the Assessor’s office. 843-549-1213
I will keep you posted on this situation. Feel free to leave a comment or a question and I will be glad to help out.
Have a Great Week!
The Edisto Beach Real Estate Advisor
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