One of the primary responsibilities of the Office of Justin Carothers, Coryell County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar, is to collect, record and disburse property taxes. The Tax Office maintains approximately 35,000 tax accounts and collects property taxes for more than 10 taxing entities, including Coryell County. For the 2012 tax year, the Tax Office expects to collect over $45 million of property tax payments.
When the certified tax roll is received from the Coryell Central Appraisal District, the property values are loaded on the Tax Office's computer system. The certified tax roll and the tax rates adopted by each taxing jurisdiction are used to levy the current property taxes in October/November of each year. Tax statements are then generated and mailed to property owners and mortgage companies.
Current taxes that remain unpaid as of February 1 of the year following the year in which imposed are delinquent and are assessed penalty and interest. Taxes that remain delinquent on July 1 of the year in which they become delinquent may incur an additional penalty to defray costs of collection.The Tax Office disburses the taxes to the various taxing entities for which it serves as collector.