Campbell County BOS to hold hearing on extending tax due date

Residents of Campbell County will have an extra month to pay their semi-annual taxes, according to an emergency ordinance adopted by the Campbell County Board of Supervisors at their May 17 work meeting. For the ordinance to take full effect, it must first be the subject of a public hearing and then be voted on by the Board of Supervisors.

The hearing for the tax extension will take place on Tuesday, June 7, at 7 p.m., following the regularly scheduled Board meeting at 6 p.m.

The ordinance pushes back the due date for taxes from the first half of 2022 from Sunday, June 5, to Tuesday, July 12, and it waives late penalties for payments made before August 12. County Administrator Frank Rogers, County Commissioner of the Revenue Calvin Massie, Jr., and County Treasurer Sheila Smith cited delays in getting bills out to taxpayers when recommending that an extension be granted.

 “Because of issues with the County’s mailing contractor, the bills for the first June collection of twice a year tax collection were not prepared to mail until May 27, 2022,” the agenda for the meeting states.

According to a public memorandum to the Board from Rogers and County Attorney F.E. Isenhour on May 27, Campbell County typically gives taxpayers 30 days between the mailing of the bills out to taxpayers and the due date of the taxes.

The Board adopted that resolution in their May 17 work meeting as an “uncodified ordinance” by a 4-2 vote, with one abstention. To fully codify the extension — effective only for this tax due date — the Board moved to hold a hearing on June 7 for public comment, with a vote following to formally re-enact the ordinance.

This is the first year that the county has split taxes into two payment periods, and the mid-year billing is in its first run.

Campbell County Board of Supervisors meetings take place on the basement level of the Harberer Building at 47 Courthouse Lane in Rustburg. Minutes and agendas for the Board’s meetings are available at www.campbellcountyva.gov/AgendaCenter.