Happy holidays, Riverhead! Now pay your taxes!


Riverhead Town residents should receive their 2013-14 tax bills in the mail soon. The overall amount of property taxes to be collected — including school, town, county, fire and other special districts — is up by 3.6 percent over the previous year, at $141.1 million.

The biggest chunk of that total is school taxes, which account for 62 percent of the property tax levy. Town taxes, including special districts like sewer, water, ambulance and garbage, make up about 30 percent of the total.

Property owners must pay the first half of their taxes by Jan. 10 and the second half by May 31 or face penalties that range from 1 percent after Jan. 10 to 5 percent after May 12.

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