Early morning severe weather has moved east of the Brazos Valley, taking the damaging wind and tornado threat out of the area as well. While the severe weather threat has passed, we'll need to monitor areas of minor flooding and down tree limbs on area roads. A tornado watch remains in place for most of the area -- however, that should be canceled by the National Weather Service shortly.
A few Brazos County offices are making preparations for three major deadlines.
Residents are expected to rush to the offices in order to meet the deadlines for: property tax payments, motor vehicle registration and voter registration.
For those taxpayers who did not take advantage of the split payment option, Thursday, January 31 is the final day for property tax payments without penalty or interest.
The tax office expects an increase in payment by mail, by Internet, by phone and in person. If paying in person, it is suggested that taxpayers arrive early to avoid lines and/or weather conditions.
Another area getting ready for an increase in customers is the motor vehicle registration department. With a monthly deadline that also falls on January 31, people will come in to update their vehicle registration as well as pay their property taxes.
In preparation for the March Presidential Primary, customers have until Monday, February 4 to register to vote. All corrections to voter registration records including voter name changes or address changes must be submitted by February 4.
The tax office has released a list of tips.
Officials say a good tip for tax payments is to know that a drop box is available during office hours for taxpayers who are paying by check, cashiers check or money order. January 31 payments will be credited as timely payments and receipts will be mailed.
Taxpayers are reminded that payments can be made through the "drop slot" located in the door of the Property Tax Department of the tax office located at 300 E. Wm J. Bryan Pkwy in Bryan. That can be done after business hours.
For those wishing to pay with credit card or E-check, payments can be made through the Official Payments Corporation by telephone or over the Internet. A service fee applies to this type of payment. Payments can be made at www.brazoscad.org or by calling 1-800-2PAY-TAX.
The January 31 deadlines does not apply to those taxpayers that took advantage of the split-payment option in November or for disabled residents or over 65 residents that qualify for quarterly payments.
For additional information taxpayers are encouraged to contact the Brazos County Tax Office at 979-361-4470.
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