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Two chances offered to lower taxes

Suffolk residents have a chance to conveniently lower their taxes for 2021.

The Suffolk Commissioner of Revenue, Susan Draper, is hosting two drive-through high mileage adjustment events to help folks in Suffolk lower their personal property tax bill.

The first event will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on July 14, at the North Suffolk Library, 2000 Bennett’s Creek Park Road. The second will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on July 28 at City Hall, 442 W. Washington St.

“I hope people will take advantage of this and save some money,” said Draper.

Suffolk residents who drive an average of more than 15,000 miles a year with a car newer than 2002 can qualify for this discount. The more miles on the vehicle, the greater the benefit will be.  The reduction does not apply to motorcycles, motor homes, large trucks or trailers. The mileage average is based on NADA mileage tables.

“You can get the discount anytime with the documentation, but this is convenient,” said Draper. “Some may throw the documents away, so this is another option.”

At the drive-through events, a staff member from the revenue office will look at the vehicle’s odometer to get the correct number of miles. Unlike past events, no documentation is needed for this year’s events. This event is for those who cannot make it to the commissioner of the revenue office during regular business hours.

Folks can bring in approved documentation during normal business hours, including a vehicle inspection receipt, a receipt from an oil change, or other documentation that shows the required information.

For those unable to attend these events, call 514-4260 to learn more about submitting the correct documentation. Other than bringing it in, documents are accepted through email, mail or fax.