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“There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.”

It’s that time of year again.

You’ve probably gotten some unsolicited and unwanted mail in your mailbox recently, as Volusia County’s Revenue Department mailed out property-tax bills Nov. 1.

The agency will send out 276,634 bills to property owners.

Even properties classified as tax-exempt, such as churches and hospitals, as well as private schools, colleges and universities, will receive bills for special assessments for such services as stormwater control and solid-waste collection and disposal.

The 2019 property taxes are payable between November and the end of March. Those who pay during November receive a 4-percent discount on their total bills, and those who pay during December get a 3-percent discount.

The discounts decrease — 2 percent in January and 1 percent in February — until March, the last month for on-time payment.

Any property owner who has not paid the taxes and assessments by March 31 may be charged penalties and interest.

— Al Everson

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Born in Virginia, Al spent his youth in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia, and first moved to DeLand in 1969. He graduated from Stetson University in 1971, and returned to West Volusia in 1985. Al began working for The Beacon as a stringer in 1999, contributing articles on county and municipal government and, when he left his job as the one-man news department at Radio Station WXVQ, began working at The Beacon full time.


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