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Should I be worried about my property tax bill?

 
Molly
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We have owned our condo for 3 years now and have still not recieved a property tax bill! We live stateside and have stopped by the assessors office once last year to inquire and they just said that things are backed up at the moment. We will be in town next week and plan on stopping by again just in case. Is this normal for the island (STT) to be so far behind on the taxes? Just worried that my condo could be up for a public auction even though I had no clue. Any input appreciated.

Thanks,

Molly

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Topic starter Posted : January 10, 2010 7:28 am
Bombi
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The last property tax billed was 2006. Bills were sent out then recalled. I have made a couple of payments to Property Tax so I don't get a huge bill when they settle the law suit. If you pay anything get a timed stamp reciept.

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Posted : January 10, 2010 10:50 am
Rivets
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just make sure you are paid up thru the 2005 tax bill. that is the last one that was legally sent out and payment due. it was probably mailed out in 2007 or 2008. you can also call the finance department and find out if 2005 was paid.

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Posted : January 10, 2010 12:56 pm
Exit Zero
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Continue to save money for the tax bill - when they are cleared to legally send them the Govt could send you 3 years at once - or more if this continues to be tied up in court - If you go to Finance make SURE you get a stamped receipt for any kind of payment and save it in a safe place forever.

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Posted : January 10, 2010 5:47 pm
Molly
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Thanks for all of the advice everyone. It's too bad that they can't get their act together, how do the schools continue to survive without the moneys due them. Same goes for the Police and Fire Department.

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Topic starter Posted : January 10, 2010 7:48 pm
Lizard
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Molly,
Not that I'M going to try to defend the USVI Gov and the way they do business, but the problem was created by the TAX Payer's from ST John regarding the fairness and equality of the assessments, which escalated into reforms, mandates and court orders barring collections.:-X

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Posted : January 10, 2010 8:53 pm
Exit Zero
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The problem was created by the initial lawsuit about the assessment on the Berne Ice building in STT - the court then required the VI to reassess all the properties -- the STJ cases have only pointed out the lack of a working Tax Review Board which the Court has now determined must be up and effective Before the VI can issue tax bills.

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Posted : January 10, 2010 9:03 pm
Molly
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Hi all, if you notice in my post I didn't mention whose fault this tax problem has been. To be honest until now I wasn't sure whose fault it was. I just know that the schools and other public works departments rely on that money and that is sad.

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Topic starter Posted : January 10, 2010 10:59 pm
islandtyme
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Molly
Make sure the billing address is correct...............from the time we purchased our land they had the address WRONG & we NEVER saw a bill.
WE put change of address in numerous times..........did it in person & you guessed it..............bill still going to someone else's house.
You are only responsible for 2006 unless you sell ........... then the VI will take tax pymts up through 2010.

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Posted : January 11, 2010 12:07 am
Molly
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Thanks Islandtyme,

We did put a change of adress request in once last year. We filled out a paper and he put it in a tall stack of a bunch of other papers, we will do that again. Thankfully I still own the home that the assessors office has on file and am friendly with the tennants and live in the same small city where our the local post office knows us.

We purchased our property in 2007 so it doesn't look like I have missed any mailings. We will go again to the assesors office on Thursday, Is it still located over by the hospital?

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Topic starter Posted : January 11, 2010 1:43 am
Rivets
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the assessors office won't be able to tell you if the 2005 bill has been paid, but the finance office can. when you bought your property there should have been a tax clearance letter that would tell you that the real estate taxes had been paid up thru a certain date. should be with your closing documents. so that is another way to find out.

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Posted : January 11, 2010 2:23 pm
Juanita
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I don't think you can actually close on a property if the taxes haven't been paid.

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Posted : January 11, 2010 2:26 pm
Molly
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I know that at the time of closing the taxes were paid up to date, that was the reason for our delay in closing. I'm also glad that I had an excellent attorney and a title company that I worked with. Thanks for all of the help everyone!

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Topic starter Posted : January 11, 2010 2:50 pm
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