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Howard County property tax bill mailing to be delayed

Howard County property tax bill mailing to be delayed

June 30, 2017

Media Contacts:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Rafiu O. Ighile, Deputy Director, Department of Finance, 410-313-2195

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – The Howard County Department of Finance announced today that July’s mailing of property tax bills will be slightly delayed due to a system issue with software provided by a third-party vendor. Usually mailed on July 1, the bills are now expected to be sent on or before July 12, 2017.

“As we prepared this cycle’s bills, we detected some software-generated errors that mostly involved incorrect addresses. We are working diligently with the vendor to correct these issues,” said Stanley Milesky, Howard County’s Director of Finance. “We apologize for this inconvenience but we want our residents to have complete confidence in the accuracy of all the information on the bills they receive.”

Because of the delay, the County will extend the discount date by 30 days for taxpayers who pay the bills in a timely manner.

Each July, Howard County mails tax bills to approximately 100,000 property owners. As it prepares the bills, the Department of Finance uses third party software to ensure that every property owner receives all the tax credits they may be due. It was during this process that the address error was uncovered on some bills.

“Many property owners have their taxes paid electronically through the escrow account on their mortgage,” said Milesky. “For them, this delay will not be noticeable. For those who pay their property taxes directly, we appreciate their patience during this minor delay.”

Howard County’s software is provided by Tyler Technologies, one of the largest software companies in the nation focused solely on provided integrated software and technology services to the public sector. Nine Maryland counties, including Howard County, use Tyler software.

 

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