Arlington County is attempting to simplify its tax-paying procedures by allowing motorists to combine the purchase of their yearly vehicle decals with the payment of personal property taxes.
This new procedure, the county treasurer said, will eliminate one county mailing and possibly could shorten the lines of residents who typically wait inside the courthouse to buy the decals each year.
Instead of paying the two taxes separately, Treasurer Bennie Fletcher said, tax collectors will be stationed at four libraries this year to collect personal property taxes that have to be paid by the owners of cars registered in Arlington and the $5 fee for renewal of county vehicle decals.
The new windshield sticker deadline will be Sept. 15 instead of March 15, a change the county made to make the date for payment of the personal property taxes coincide with the decal fees.
Fletcher said state law says no vehicle may be licensed until all required personal property taxes have been paid.
Fees for the decals sold earlier this year were cut because they would be used for less than a full year.
The County Board also lowered the personal property tax rate from $5.10 to $5.05 for every $100 of assessed value.
Beginning Aug. 15, tax collectors will be available for payment of taxes at the Cherrydale Library, 2190 North Military Rd.; Aurora Hills Library, 735 18th St. S.; Westover Library, 1800 N. Lexington St.; and Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.
The stickers also will be available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the courthouse until Sept. 17.