Local Property Owners Concerned for 2018 Taxes

Posted: Updated: Dec 28, 2017 11:48 PM

EDINBURG – The Hidalgo County Tax accessor collector says official 2018 property tax statements won’t be available until November of next year.

Thembi Quarshie is one of the many Hidalgo County residents we saw paying their property tax Thursday.

The retired nurse said she decided to pay early to avoid the last minute long lines. She explained she even paid a little extra.

“Yes, I am. But I did pay some for 2018 as well,” Quarshie told CHANNEL 5 NEWS.

Quarshie said she made the decision to pay a portion of her 2018 taxes because she’s uncertain about how the new tax plan in Washington, D.C. will affect her deductions and tax amount moving forward.

Hidalgo County Tax Accessor Collector Paul Villarreal said Quarshie isn’t alone. However, he explained 2018 statements aren’t currently available.

“I don’t send out tax statements for 2018 until November the first, because we don’t get certified totals from the appraisal district until July 25. Then after that on September 30 I get the tax rates, I put them together and create a tax statement,” Villarreal said.

Villarreal explained his office cannot officially submit 2018 payments until next year because property values may change over the next year.

However, he said his office will hold any payments made toward 2018 property taxes.

“Now I don’t have values for 2018 or the new tax rate but if you put it under escrow than I will take your payment and it will be there and I will give you a receipt,” Villarreal told CHANNEL 5 NEWS.

Villarreal said his office will hold the escrow payment until the 2018 amounts become available.

Then depending on that amount his office will provide a bill for the remainder or a refund to the taxpayer.

Quarshie said she is still glad she paid at least a portion of next year’s statement. She told CHANNEL 5 NEWS now she feels more at ease.

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