The deadline for any Bradley County residents who want to sign up for partial payment plans for property taxes is fast approaching.
Residents have until Friday to sign up for 12-month payment plans through the office of the Bradley County Trustee.
Introduced during the 2011 tax season, the program has seen more and more participants each year, said Deputy Trustee David Swallows.
“We’ve had quite a few sign up this past month,” Swallows said.
That has brought the total number of program participants to about 656 as of late Tuesday.
Taxpayers can choose to have their payments drafted directly from their bank accounts, send them through the mail or make payments in person at the Trustee’s Office inside the Bradley County Courthouse.
There is no requirement for area residents to take part in the partial payment program, as people can still choose to pay their property taxes in a lump sum payment.
However, the partial payment plan continues to gain momentum because of the convenience it provides taxpayers, especially those on a fixed or limited income.
How much the payment will be each month is determined by an agreement between the individual taxpayer and the office.
Bradley County Trustee Mike Smith said the office’s staff can share taxpayers’ tax histories with them and offer suggestions, but it’s up to each person to decide how much will be paid and whether or not the person will choose to make more than the minimum payment.
Some people have chosen to “pad” their accounts by making payments in advance just in case property tax rates were to rise in the near future, he said.
Before the program was put into place, the local office had “an overwhelming number of people” asking if they could make partial payments, instead of having to try to pay all their property taxes at once, said Swallows.
“I am happy that Bradley County can offer the citizens these programs,” Smith said.
While taxpayers can sign up for the payment program until Friday, the first payment won’t be due until March 15.
For more information, call the County Trustee’s Office at 728-7247.