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Tax notices hit mailboxes this week

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

By LOU ELLIOTT JONES

editor@chieflandcitizen.com

The U.S. Postal Service will begin delivering TRIM — Truth in Millage — notices to Levy County property owners this week.

And the news in those 48,776 notices might not be what some folks expect, Oz Barker, Levy County Property Appraiser said.

But before picking up the telephone or heading to Barker's office in a lather, he would like you to sit down with the tax bill, read a letter he has written explaining the property tax notice and any changes.

Barker has gone to great pains to write the letter explaining that despite the constant reports of dropping property values, due to a decline in the economy and the demand for homes, some property owners may see an increase in their notice.

On Monday his office will be closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. for a working lunch as his entire staff goes over its procedures and prepares for the annual onslaught of phone calls, questions and complaints as the notices arrive in the mail.

It's due to a combination of factors:


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