Tax bills are in the mail

Chances are Oconeeans who open today’s mail will see their 2019 property tax bill. Nearly 78 thousand notices have been sent into the mail. They are designed to generate much of the revenue that the county will rely on to meet the projections of their 2019-20 budget, including general county and education purposes. The bills are payable now, but the first late penalty doesn’t go until the middle of January. As to what’s new in this year’s bills, Treasurer Greg Nowell points to the tax increase authorized in September by the county governing body. As to how much increase is reflected, Nowell says, “A little bit more than last year.” And he predicts it’s small enough that some taxpayers won’t notice the increase.