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Property tax payment deadline nears

Bills unpaid by March 31 will face additional fees

March 29, 2017
By TIFFANY REPECKI ( , Pine Island Eagle

The deadline to pay property taxes in Lee County before being delinquent is approaching.

The Lee County Tax Collector mails out tax notices on or before Nov. 1 of every year. All tax payments are due before April 1, at which time the taxes become delinquent and additional charges will apply.

"The last day to pay is March 31 without a penalty," Joanne Robertson, a spokeswoman for the Lee County Tax Collector's office, said. "What's listed on the tax bill for March is what they'll pay."

Through Florida Statute, taxpayers are offered a discount if they pay their taxes early. She explained that their tax notice will list on it the discounted prices for paying each month leading up to April.

"They will pay the March amount," Robertson said of those still needing to pay.

As of Thursday, the majority of the tax notices had been paid.

"We have collected over 90 percent of the real property taxes this year already," she said.

Robertson noted that the figure is higher than normal.

"Those are very good number for us, historically," she said.

For those still needing to pay, there are several options available to do so.

"The most convenient way is to pay online," Robertson said.

The Lee County Tax Collector website at: accepts payments via a credit card, with a convenience fee, or payments via a bank account and routing number - with no extra fee.

"There is no additional fee if it's paid through a bank account," she said.

People can also call the office at 239-533-6000 and pay over the phone with a credit card.

Checks can be mailed to the Lee County Tax Collector, at P.O. Box 850, Fort Myers, FL 33902.

Robertson noted that it must be postmarked by March 31 to avoid a penalty.

"As long as it is postmarked by March 31, we will post it with the March amount," she said.

They can also stop by one of the branch offices throughout Lee County.

"We have six locations that are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.," Robertson said.

The Cape Coral office is at 1039 S.E. Ninth Ave.

Tax notices not paid by March 31 will face additional fees.

"If it remains unpaid, we send them a delinquent notice," she said.

"There is a mandatory interest charge beginning April 1," Robertson added.

Tax notices must be paid before May 22 to stop further penalties.

"It's just a late fee at that point," she said. "It does not go to certificate sale."

Officials offered some advice for those who pay online.

"Make sure that you are visiting the Lee County Tax Collector's official website," Robertson said. "There are service websites that include additional fees or may not be directed to us at all."

"They just need to be careful they are visiting our official website," she added.

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