LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There's been a steady number of customers at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, all paying their property taxes last minute.

Bill Kolodey, a taxpayer says, "I came New Year's Eve and they were closed, so I got close to last minute, definitely the last minute today. It kind of slipped up on me with holidays and everything, a lot of stuff going on."

It's the start of a new year, but also time to pay your property taxes for homes in Jefferson County.

Tom Douglas, Junior, the Chief Financial Officer for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says he's seeing more people make their payments earlier. But there are still thousands of people who are delinquent.

Douglas says, "You will see everything from the nicest shirts and shoes to the 95 year old lady who got on the bus and got her cash and came down and paid."

Taxpayers even last minutes ones paid the gross amount, as long as they came to the office on January 2nd.

But payments starting January 3rd and at Fifth Third Bank locations and on-line will have a five percent delinquent fee added. The penalty increases to 21 percent if paid between February 1st and April 15th.

Last year, the office says 11-thousand people failed to pay their property taxes by that April date.  Then, liens can be put on your home.

Douglas says, "It can be very bad. I'm sure everyone has heard the horror stories. Once the tax bill is turned over to a county clerk, they have the option of selling those bills to a third party. When that happens, normally it gets expensive."

The Sheriff's Office is just recommending that people at least pay as much as they can, when they can. Douglas says the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is one of a few in the state that allow partial payments.

He says, "As of close of business on the 31st which we were not open, we have collected right at 617 million dollars. That's out of the original tax billing of 648 million."

Taxes are collected for state, county, urban services, fire districts and schools.

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