Edgecombe County officials, mindful of the discomfort of citizens standing in line to pay taxes at the Tax Collector's Office, now offer a practical solution.
"You can pay your motor vehicle tax, mobile home, personal property tax or real estate tax online now at our Web site with your credit card," said Edgecombe County Tax Collector Gloria Lyndaker. "We also offer a convenient telephone number, so taxes can also be paid over the telephone, if you don't have a computer. This should really cut down on office traffic."
Once on the county's Web site, click on Tax Collector's Office, then Pay taxes online. Read and copy down the jurisdiction code, which is 5010, before moving on. The site will walk you through the procedure.
There is a convenience fee for the privilege, though. Edgecombe County has contracted with Official Payment Corporation, and the service charges a convenience fee, depending on the amount of taxes to be paid, which are as low as $3 or as high as $2.5 percent of $10,000 and over.
Other than the jurisdiction code, other items needed, before visiting the Web site are:
• to pay motor vehicle tax, you will need the account number and the vehicle plate number.
• to pay personal property tax, you will need the account number and the bill number.
• to pay real estate tax, you will need the account number and the bill number.
Lyndaker is also concerned about those who procrastinate paying the tax bill, due to financial difficulties.
"I am aware there are senior citizens who think they have to choose between paying their taxes and buying food," she said. "We have payment plans, and in some cases, of people with very low incomes, we offer tax exemption. We ask people to just come in and talk to us."
The Edgecombe County Web site is: www.edgecombecountync.gov; the telephone number is: 1-800-2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829); the Edgecombe County Tax Collector's Office is: 641-7810.