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Cleveland's property taxpayers now have option of making monthly payments

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CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) - Property taxpayers in Cleveland now have the option of making monthly payments on 2015 property taxes.

The city will accept payment in two ways. 

The first is by electronic transfer.  Enrollment into this program begins January 13.  Interested citizens must enroll by February 15 for the tax to be levied in October.  This plan involves a written 12-month payment plan and written authorization agreement for direct electronic transfer payments.   Payments will begin March 15 and will occur on the 15th of each month thereafter. 

A separate form will be needed for each parcel of property. Citizens will need to sign up each year. No direct electronic transfer (or ACH) payments will be accepted for delinquent taxes.

The second method for partial tax payments is by cash, check, money order or credit card. These forms of partial payment will be accepted for any tax that is payable at the city clerk's office, even a delinquent tax. 

Partial payments will not be accepted for a delinquent tax that has been turned over to the clerk and master's office.

The Cleveland City Council gave final approval Monday to Ordinance 2014-51, which amends the municipal code to allow partial payments. The Council voted on the ordinance as part of the consent agenda. The vote was unanimous.  

Citizens still have the option of making the traditional lump sum annual payment as well.

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