Hello Comanche County, it’s me again. The week of January 31st was a big property tax collection period; approximately 20% of the property tax collected is collected in the last weeks of January. The nice part is we saw lots of Comanche County folks… and lots of folks got to visit with other folks they haven’t seen since last year’s tax line. This year we even had cake on January 31st. Penny Williams Barr retired from the Vehicle Registration/Title Department after over 16 years of outstanding service to Comanche County.
PROPERTY TAX. But, some property owners may not have been able to pay before February 1, 2020 and this information may be for you or someone you know.
Are you over 65, a disabled person or a disabled Veteran? If you are and have filed for the exemption with the Comanche Central Appraisal District you are entitled to an additional option of payment on your homestead property, the “Quarter Pay Plan”…. That is ¼ of your payment by January 31st, March 31st, May 31st and July 31st. The first payment is delinquent, with the 7% penalty but there is still time to set this payment plan up and only pay penalty on the first installment payment – the no later than date to set up this plan is March 31, 2020.
Also, for folks over 65, disabled persons and disabled Veterans you are eligible to defer your taxes on your homestead property. This is completed with a Tax Deferral Affidavit at the Comanche Central Appraisal District. In a nutshell, you no longer pay taxes; a tax lien remains on the property and continues to accrue at an annual 5% interest rate during the deferral period. Penalties and interest for delinquent taxes incurred before the filing date of the deferral affidavit are preserved. Your property may still be subject to collection or foreclosure action arising from others debts or liens, not property tax related. It is recommended you seek professional guidance regarding your individual situation if you have concerns. A surviving spouse may also continue a deferral that was on the homestead property, but must also complete the Tax Deferral Affidavit.
100% disabled Veterans qualify for a 100% exemption from the payment of property tax on your homestead property. Documentation and exemption form is completed at the Comanche Central Appraisal District. Not 100% for the entire year? You may still be eligible for a prorated exemption amount… it never hurts to ask.
Another payment option available for your homestead property is a Homestead Property Tax Payment Agreement; this is completed as an agreement between yourself and the tax office to make monthly payments to get your property taxes paid. The minimum agreement period is 12 months but there is no penalty for paying it off early. The advantage to setting up the plan sooner than later is the amount of penalty and interest paid; February is the best month to get in an agreement. If you have defaulted on a previous agreement we cannot enter into another agreement for two years.
If you have delinquent taxes you will receive a notice from the attorney’s office regarding collection of those taxes in the next few days.
If you receive this notice in the mail; you can still contact the Tax Office and pay the taxes in full or set up a payment agreement. Once a letter has been delivered by law enforcement, the Tax Office can no longer set up an agreement with you; you must contact the attorney’s office. If you have any questions please give us a call at 325-356-3101. If you are already in an agreement with the Tax Office and you are current in your payments please disregard this notice.
A scam was reported to our office about a company mailing “Comanche Designation of Homestead Request Form” to our new property owners and for only $49 and an additional filing fee of $13 to $36 they will process this form for you. Homestead exemptions and any other exemption for your property are processed by the Comanche Central Appraisal District and there is not a fee charged to process these exemptions.
VOTING. Moving on, let’s talk about voting! February 3, 2020 was the deadline to register to vote in the March 3, 2020 Primary Election. We have received approximately 800 cards back, primarily due to incorrect addresses. Many folks were notified and completed a Statement of Residence and corrected cards were issued. Those that did not receive a card, but are registered voters were put in “Suspense”. What this means is when you go to the polls, be it on Election Day or early voting you will have to complete a Statement of Residence and you will then be allowed to vote – for everything that is on the ballot, if that corrects the problem.
Early voting begins February 18th and ends on February 28th. The locations are the Comanche County Courthouse Basement Room B102 at 101 W. Central Ave. Comanche and the DeLeon City Hall at 125 S. Texas St. DeLeon between the hours of 8:30 and 5:00. Extended hours will be conducted February 18th and February 25th from 7:00 to 7:00 and February 22nd from 9:00 to 4:00 t the Comanche County Courthouse Basement Room B102. The General Primary Election for the Democratic and Republican Party to nominate Presidential Electors, Members of Congress, Members of the Legislature, and state, district, county and precinct officers is Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 7:00 to 7:00 at the polling place for your precinct.
MOTOR VEHICLE DEPARTMENT. The Motor Vehicle Registration and Title Department has had some personnel changes. We welcome Lauri Bailey to our team and wish Penny Williams Barr much happiness on her retirement. Also, it has been several years since the change was made but just a reminder title work is stopped at 4:00 and vehicle registration is stopped at 4:30. We are open through lunch in both departments about 97% of the time. We have occasional luncheons that we close the office for but always try to have it posted in advance as much as possible.
And, finally Comanche County has a website! It is a work in progress, but we are super happy to share this progress with everyone. It’s www.co.comanche.tx.us. Also, the tax office has a Facebook page its www.facebook.com/Comanche-County-Tax-Office.
If you have any questions regarding any of the information shared, please give us a call at 325-356-3101.