The deadline to pay property taxes without incurring penalties is Thursday, and Cherokee County property owners have the option of paying electronically by mail or in person.
According to County Tax Assessor-Collector Linda Little, as long as a mailed payment is postmarked by Jan. 31 or an online payment bears a time-stamp before 11:59 p.m that evening, it will be considered a January payment.
Notices were sent out Oct. 1. On Feb. 1, late payment penalties at seven percent will apply. The penalty rises to nine percent in March, 11 percent in April, 13 percent in June and 15 percent in July.
The tax assessor-collector's office is located at the Cherokee County Courthouse, 135 South Main in Rusk.
To pay taxes online, property owners can go to a direct link, www.cocherokee.org/tax, or log onto the county website (http://www.co.cherokee.tx.us) and click on the Tax Assessor-Collector link to access information about their account, using different information. Payments can be made with a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover) or a debit card; a convenience fee, assessed by the vendor, will be charged for each transaction.