Property tax deadline nears

Special to the PRESS

Tony Yzaguirre, Jr., Cameron County Tax Assessor Collector, wishes to inform property owners that 75,116 final tax statements for tax year 2015 will be mailed out for personal property and real estate accounts totaling $69,054,304.42, which have not been paid. Approximately 77 percent of property taxes that the Cameron County collects for have already been paid. Taxpayers have taken advantage of the tax discounts offered in October, November and December,” said Yzaguirre. “We want everyone to pay their taxes or to take advantage of various payment plan options our office provides, before they accrue penalties and interest starting Feb. 1, 2016 in accordance with Texas Property Tax Code Sec. 33.01 (PenaltiesandInterest).”

Make arrangements to pay your property taxes now.

Taxes for the year 2015 are due by Jan. 31, 2016 before any penalties and interest start accumulating. Property taxpayers that have entered into a quarterly payment plan on their homestead (disabled or senior citizens over age 65 in accordance with Texas Property Tax Code Sec. 31.031) are given a special code in our property tax collection system.

Beginning Feb. 1, 2016 all tax accounts which have not been paid in full or do not have a  special quarterly payment code will accrue a 7 percent fee for penalties and interest. Property owner who have not received  their tax statement(s), should contact one of the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Offices immediately.

“Taxpayers can pay their taxes online at www.cameroncountytax.org or at any of our nine branch offices countywide,” added Yzaguirre. Drop-off boxes conveniently accessible 24/7 for tax payments paid by  check or money orders only may be dropped off at the Brownsville Main Office on Street and 8th Street in Brownville, the Port Isabel Branch OfficeEast Van Buren between East 10th at 505 Highway 100, or at the new Los Fresnos Branch Office located at 745 W. Ocean Blvd.

Methods of Payment

  • Payments over the Internet– allows taxpayers to pay their taxes by electronic check or credit card in the convenience of their home or office by going to cameroncountytax.org.
  • Partial payments– allows taxpayers to come into the office and pay their taxes in several payments.
  • Quarterly payments– allows taxpayers who are over 65 years of age or disabled, to pay their taxes in quarterly payments without penalty or accruing interest.
  • Tax payment agreement – where a taxpayer comes into our office and signs a payment agreement to pay their taxes.
  • Mail-In payments– when a taxpayer mails the total amount of their property taxes.
  • Over the counter payments– when a taxpayer pays their taxes over the counter using their check, cash or credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).

“Disabled or Senior Citizens Over Age 65 may make quarterly payments of their property taxes if they qualify for an exemption under Section II.I3(c),” Yzaguirre said. Those who make quarterly payments on time will not be assessed penalties for late payments.

The Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office collects taxes for Cameron County, South Texas Independent School District, Brownsville Independent School District, Brownsville Navigation District, Port of Harlingen, Texas Southmost College, Cameron County Emergency District, Drainage District #1, Drainage District #3, Drainage District #4, Drainage District #5, City of Brownsville, City of Combes, City of lndian Lake, Town of Palm Valley, City of Primera, Town of Rancho Viejo, City of Los Fresnos, City of San Benito, Valley Municipal Utility District #2, Paseo De La Resaca Municipal Utility District 1, 2, 3, Santa Maria Independent School District, City of Rio Hondo, Paseo De La Resaca Landscaping and Maintenance District, Town of Bayview, Santa Rosa Independent School District, La Feria Independent School District, City of La Feria, Street Light Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and now Point Isabel Independent School District, City of Port Isabel, City  of South Padre Island, Town of Laguna Vista, Laguna Madre Water District, and now City of Los Indios.

The Cameron County Tax Office has eight locations countywide:

  • Cameron County Courthouse, 964 East Harrison, Brownsville, (956)544-0800
  • Brownsville Southmost Branch Office, 2900 Southmost Road, Brownsville, (956) 574-8176 (Brownsville PD Southmost Community Network Center)
  • Brownsville West Side Branch Office, 1763 Military Highway, Brownsville, (956)542-5854 (Brownsville PD West Side Community Network Center)
  • Harlingen Branch Office, 3302 Wilson Rd, (956)427-8013
  • San Benito Branch Office (Old Levis Building), 1390 W. Expressway 83, SanBenito, (956)361-8232
  • Los Fresnos Branch Office, 745 W. Ocean Boulevard, Los Fresnos, (956)233-4494
  • Port Isabel Branch Office, 505 Highway 100, Port Isabel, (956)943-8101
  • LaFeria Branch Office, 200 Industrial Way, La Feria, (956)797-3075

Rio Hondo Branch Office 125 W. Colorado, Rio Hondo, (956)748-2345

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