Taxes!

"All the world should be taxed," said Caesar Augustus.

“There went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.”

It’s that time of year again.

You’ve probably gotten some unsolicited and unwanted mail in your mailbox recently, as Volusia County’s Revenue Department mailed out property-tax bills Nov. 1.

The agency will send out 276,634 bills to property owners.

Even properties classified as tax-exempt, such as churches and hospitals, as well as private schools, colleges and universities, will receive bills for special assessments for such services as stormwater control and solid-waste collection and disposal.

The 2019 property taxes are payable between November and the end of March. Those who pay during November receive a 4-percent discount on their total bills, and those who pay during December get a 3-percent discount.

The discounts decrease — 2 percent in January and 1 percent in February — until March, the last month for on-time payment.

Any property owner who has not paid the taxes and assessments by March 31 may be charged penalties and interest.

— Al Everson