Paying Property Taxes In Mobile County

Paying Property Taxes In Mobile County

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MOBILE, Ala. -

With great achievements like home ownership, come great responsibilities like paying property taxes.

"It's one of those things, you think of a house, you think of a mortgage and you are like, that's it right?" said Clifford Waite.

Waite is cleaning delivery guy who is also a first time homeowner, and admits property taxes are an after thought.

"I remember them being over a thousand and being escrowed into the mortgage," said Waite.

The newspaper lists over 64 hundred property owners in Mobile County who have not paid up. That's 800 more than the previous year.

Joanne Bozman has been on the list before. She says her property taxes tripled in the last 10 years she's owned her home from about 30 bucks to nearly 200.

"At the time, when you don't have a job and you are looking for a job and your unemployment runs out, it's real hard. They sent a letter certified saying they were going to sell my property. It scared me so bad my heart started racing," said Waite.

According to the Revenue Commissioner, Marilyn Wood, Mobile has one of the lowest property taxes in the state, and says there are several exemptions people could qualify for.

"If you live on the residence you get a homestead exemption, which basically, is 10 percent of the fair market value, but if it was a rental house that's considered commercial property. That 20 percent of the fair market value," Wood.

Seniors 65 and older and people with disabilities can also qualify for an exemption.

Value is what one realtor says every homeowner should abide by, "Up keep our property and home improvements to increase the value of our home, and if we all do that in Mobile it would even be a better place to attract companies and people to out city," Angela Bell with Roberts Brothers.

The Revenue Commissioner says if you are one of the ones listed, you have until Monday at 5pm to pay your property tax.. That's so that your name won't be printed in the next issue due out Wednesday. If property taxes aren't paid by May 30th, a lien could be put on your home.

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