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Hall property taxes due Monday
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To all the procrastinators in Hall County: Monday is the last day to pay property taxes before late fees kick in.

People can pay their property tax bills in person at all three tag office locations: College Square Shopping Center on Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood; Quillian's Corner at the intersection of Ga. 52 and U.S. 129 in North Hall; and the main office at the courthouse in Gainesville.

Bills won't be considered late until Tuesday. Payments that are mailed in won't be considered late as long as they are postmarked by Monday.

At the end of September, 84,000 bills were sent out to residents, Hall County Tax Commissioner Keith Echols said. About 30,000 of those have yet to be paid.

"If they're late paying their taxes, 1 percent interest per month is accrued on the unpaid balance," Echols said.

The interest will roll over the first of every month. If residents don't pay by the Monday deadline, they will begin accruing interest on Tuesday.

All locations of the tag office will be open until 4:30 p.m. Monday. Payment by check or money order will be accepted.

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, Echols said about 67 percent of Hall County residents had paid their property tax bill.

About 500 statements that have come through the mail are still being processed. More statements continue to arrive in the mail, but 33 percent still have not paid.

"We always have some that don't pay on time," Echols said.

Echols said he expected a lot of people in his office on Friday and Monday. He also will be checking the mail frequently for incoming statements.

If people still haven't paid their bills by March, 10 percent of the original amount of tax will be tacked on, in addition to the interest that accrued for January and February.

But not to worry.

"Most people get it paid before the 10 percent penalty," Echols said.