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If a property owner has a mortgage that escrows for taxes for the Town of Mills River, it is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure payment. If the mortgage company contacts the Town the entire tax file will be provided electronically. All property owners receive a paper bill. They need to either call their mortgage company to ensure they will pay or check the website periodically to see if the tax has been paid.
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By North Carolina statute, property taxes become due and payable September 1st. Taxes are due by January 5th of the following year. Interest will be added on January 6th.
Interest begins to accrue on January 6th at the rate of 2% for January, and 0.75% for each additional month thereafter until the debt is paid.
Property taxes are assessed by both the County and Town for the provision of different services. North Carolina Statutes dictate which services shall be provided by either a county or a town and give each the authority to assess property taxes to pay for those services.
Tax Bill Notice: North Carolina General Statute 105-348 states:
"All persons who have or who may acquire any interest in any real or personal property that may be or may become subject to a lien for Taxes are hereby charged with notice that such property is or should be listed for taxation, that taxes are or may become a lien thereon, and that if taxes are not paid the proceedings allowed by law may be taken against such property. This notice shall be conclusively presumed, whether or not such persons have actual notice."