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What is property taxation?
Property tax is an ad valorem tax, which means according to value. Ad valorem tax, the tax collected by the tax commissioner, is based on the value of the taxable property in the county.
How is my tax bill calculated?
Once the property owner and the Board of Assessors have come to terms with an appropriate value, this value is provided to the Tax Commissioner for tax bill calculation. To calculate a tax bill, you must first deduct any exemptions that may apply from the assessed value; thus generating a net assessed (taxable) value. Next you multiply the net assessed value by the millage rate.
When is my tax bill due?
Taxes for real estate and business personal property were normally due in Carroll County on December 1st. However, the Carroll Board Of Commissioners approved and signed a resolution in December 2009 to change the due date to December 1st. Mobile/manufactured homes are due April 1 (beginning in 2016) of each year and motor vehicles are due based on the owners' birthday. After the due date, for real estate and business personal property, interest will be added monthly until the bill is paid. Effective July 1, 2016, interest rate may vary each year. The interest rate will be bank prime loan rate plus 3% to accrue monthly. Additionally, a penalty of 5% will apply to all taxes that are not paid within 120 days of the deadline and will be added every 120 days until 20% is assessed; however, homesteaded property with a tax liability of less than $500 does not receive the penalty. If the property taxes remain unpaid, the Tax Commissioner has the right and responsibility to levy on the property for non-payment. Of course, we consider this a last resort for tax collection and prefer to use other collection methods. Tax bills are mailed to the homeowner, never to the mortgage company. You must forward your bill to your mortgage company if necessary.