Deadline nears for Manatee County property tax discount

December 4, 2012 

Deadline nears fortax discount

BRADENTON -- The last day to receive the 4 percent discount for 2012 property tax payments is Thursday.

Payments by mail must be postmarked by Dec. 6 to receive the 4 percent discount. Drop boxes also are provided at each Manatee County tax collector's office, and a drive-thru drop box is available at the DeSoto office. As with mailed payments, the customer's check will serve as the receipt.

"The two easiest ways to pay taxes are online at taxcollector.com or by mail," said Ken Burton Jr., tax collector. "My staff provides excellent service, but during 'crunch time,' we can use the cooperation of everyone to help speed up service."

All Manatee County land, home and/or business owners should have received a tax bill, unless the gross tax is less than $15. If you did not receive your bill, visit taxcollector.com to obtain the amount due.

Sanctuary's Nate's Place, 'The Ranch' have new hours

MANATEE -- Nate's Honor Animal Rescue has new hours of operation at two locations: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday; and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Nate's Place will have extended hours until 6 p.m. Both locations will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

The change in hours coincides with the reopening of Nate's Place at 8437 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park. Nate's Place was recently renovated to create a retail adoption center to help support the nonprofit organization. The storefront location will carry pet-related and gift items, as well as feature a small number of cats and dogs for adoption.

The facility at 4951 Lorraine Road, nicknamed "The Ranch," will remain the main center of operations and adoptions.

Animal Services offers Kittypalooza event

MANATEE -- Manatee County Animal Services is offering cats for adoption at no cost in December. That's right, cats for free (while supplies last).

Animal Services has cats in all shapes, sizes and colors at absolutely no cost to you. No down payments with no interest. No monthly payments to worry about.

All pets adopted will receive a health check, be spayed/neutered, vaccinated (including rabies) and microchipped.

Now the disclaimer in not-so-small print: Free does not include a license certificate/tag required for Manatee County residents, which is $15.

This adoption special is another step in the county's effort to become a no-kill community, and is avail-able at both Animal Ser-vices locations: 305 25th St. W., Palmetto (open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday throughSaturday) and 1002 B., Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton (open 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.Tuesday through Fridayand 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Preview available animals by visiting www.mymanatee.org/pets. For more information, call 941-742-5933.

-- Herald staff reports

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