First half of property taxes due

To avoid interest or penalties, pay the first half of your property taxes by Monday, April 30.

According to the Whatcom County treasurer’s office, property taxes that are not paid on time will become  delinquent on Tuesday, May 1. As a result, 1 percent in interest will be applied to the full amount in addition to a 3 percent penalty on the balance remaining on Friday, June 1.

“The USPS ships county mail to Seattle for processing, so do not wait until the due date to mail you payment if you want to ensure that it will receive a timely postmark,” read the statement.

Property taxes can be paid in-person, online, by phone or by mail. Individuals who own a mobile home, are age 61 or older, retired because of a disability or have income of $40,000 or less per year may be eligible for a property tax exemption.

Call 360/778-5050 for more information.

Still have questions? Contact the Whatcom County treasurer’s office at 360/778-5160 or by visiting 311 Grand Avenue in Bellingham. The office is located at the first floor of the courthouse and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday to Friday. Learn more or pay online at: bit.ly/2vDIESF.

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