What will happen if I don't pay the Motor Vehicle registration and tax by the due date?
The due date is the expiration date of your vehicle's registration, so you may get a ticket for driving a vehicle with expired tags. Interest will also accrue on your vehicle's property tax and you'll have to pay a late fee when you renew your vehicle's registration.
How do I pay Taxes? (Refer to "What about my Motor Vehicle Taxes?" for Motor Vehicles)
Currently, there are four ways to pay your real estate and personal property tax bills:
In person: 113 Nash St E, Wilson, Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm.
Full Payments: Wilson County Tax Collector, PO Box 580328, Charlotte, NC 28258-0328
Partial Payments: Wilson County Tax Collector, PO Box 1162, Wilson, NC 27894-1162
By phone: Call toll free 1-800-272-9829 (1-800-2PAYTAX), Jurisdiction Code: 4361.
There is a convenience fee for using the on-line and phone services. This fee is charged and retained by a private company to process the card payments. Cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX along with Electronic Checks.
Who is Required to list property?
Every individual, guardian, trustee, estate, unincorporated association, corporation or partnership owning tangible personal property or real estate that has been improved or has had additions and is subject to taxation under North Carolina Law. All property owned on January 1st is taxable for the entire year and the owner as of January 1st is responsible for the tax bill for the entire year.
What is Tangible Personal Property?
Tangible personal property consists of mobile homes, untagged motor vehicles, campers, trailers, motorcycles, air & watercraft and engines for watercraft. Business furniture, equipment, etc., including free standing appliances used in connection with rental property must also be listed.
When should Property be Listed?
Listing begins on the first business day of each January and ends on the last day of January. If that day falls on Saturday or Sunday, the listing period ends on the next business day. There is a 10% per year penalty for not filing the listing form on time.
How can Listing Forms be obtained?
Listing forms (abstracts) are mailed in late December of each year to those who have previously listed. Otherwise, they may be obtained by contacting the Listing Division at (252) 399-2911 or from our website by clicking on this link: LISTING FORMS
Are Businesses required to list?
Yes. All businesses, whether maintaining an office or operating out of the home, must list using the business listing form. Businesses are also required to list property in their possession that is owned by others. We are now requesting that everyone go to this link to enter Extension Requests (so you'll get your approvals immediately) and for Online Listing as well: BP ONLINE EXTENSION REQUEST & LISTING
How do I request a Listing Extension?
We are now requesting that everyone go to this link to enter Extension Requests (so you'll get your approvals immediately) and for Online Listing as well: BP ONLINE EXTENSION REQUEST & LISTING
What is Real Estate?
Real Estate includes: land and all buildings, structures and improvements attached to the land.
Should Real Estate be Listed Annually?
No. Wilson County operates on a permanent listing system. It is the property owner's duty to make sure that his/her property is listed correctly. Real Estate must be listed in January only when a structure has been added, changed or removed. A building permit does not fulfill this notification requirement.
How is Real Estate Valued?
Real Estate is valued based on the County's current Schedule of Values. The Schedule of Values is generated prior to the County-wide Revaluation, which occurs every eight years. North Carolina Law requires that each county conduct a revaluation at least once every eight years. The last revaluation in Wilson County was effective January 1, 2016. The primary purpose of the revaluation is to provide equalization among all property owners, as well as among all classes of property. Since property taxes are based on value, it is important to have all property valued periodically on a uniform basis.
How do I appeal my Real Estate Value?
You should submit your request for appeal during the Listing Period in January each year. Appeal forms are available in the Real Estate Division. Also, appeal forms may be requested from the Tax Department by writing or calling (252) 399-2902.
What Evidence do I need to present for Appeal?
Any and all documentation that will support your opinion of the market value, such as a recent appraisal and/or sales of similar properties. Simply stating that the property value is too high is not sufficient evidence.
Are Tax Records Private or Public Information?
All records regarding listing and valuation are public record except for sensitive information (i.e. Social Security #, Driver License #, Vehicle Tag #, Vehicle Identification #, Business/Personal detail items, etc.). The public may view these records at anytime during normal business hours, 8:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Friday or online at this link: Search Records/View Bills/Pay Taxes
Where is the Tax Office located?
We are on the 1st Floor of the 7-story brick building to the left of the Courthouse downtown at 113 Nash St E, Wilson, NC 27893. It has "WILSON COUNTY-NASH STREET OFFICE BUILDING" above the front doors.
When should Vehicles be Listed?
You must list: UNLICENSED, IRP, APPORTIONED, PERMANENT OR 3 MONTH FARM TAGS including cars, trucks, motorcycles, camping trailers, motor homes, boat trailers, utility trailers, etc. Provide the name shown on the title, year, make, model, body style and complete Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Without the VIN, we cannot accurately value the vehicle. Indicate the condition of vehicle as well.
DO NOT LIST VEHICLES WITH A CURRENT ANNUAL LICENSE TAG (WHICH YOU RENEW EVERY YEAR & PAY TAXES AT DMV UPON RENEWAL)
What if I am in the Military?
Non-resident Active Duty military personnel must submit a current LES form to qualify for tax exemption. Spouses and/or dependents are not exempt.
What if I receive a motor vehicle bill and I have moved to another state?
To prorate this bill, the owner must register the vehicle in another state and provide our office with a copy of the new state registration.
What if I transferred my license plate to another vehicle?
Your notice will be recalculated at time of renewal at DMV Office.
What if I no longer own the vehicle, but have received an NC COMBINED VEHICLE REGISTRATION RENEWAL AND PROPERTY TAX NOTICE?
Disregard the NC COMBINED VEHICLE REGISTRATION RENEWAL AND PROPERTY TAX NOTICE since it doesn't become an actual tax bill until you renew the Tag.
Whom do I contact regarding my vehicle title or license plates?
Contact the NC State License Plate Agency at (252) 291-8955 or go to 4000-D Ward Blvd, Wilson, NC 27893 (Toisnot Village Shopping Center).
What about my Motor Vehicle Taxes?
You have 30 days from billing date of your notice to appeal the value or situs. You may apply for release or refund when you provide the Tax Office, within one year, a surrender of tag receipt and proof of ownership transfer. As of September, 2013, click on this link for further details: NCDOT: Tag & Tax Together Help
What are the Real Estate & Personal Property Tax Deadlines?
Property tax payments (except registered motor vehicles) are due September 1st of each year and must be paid by January 5th of the following year. If mailed, payments may be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before January 5th to avoid interest charges.
How Much Will I Pay in Taxes?
The amount of property taxes you pay is based on the assessed value of your property and the tax rate. The Tax Assessor determines the value of all taxable property as of January 1st. The County Commissioners meet during the spring of the year to determine the current year's tax rate. The amount of taxes can be determined by multiplying the tax rate by each $100 of assessed value. For example, with a tax rate of $0.73 and an assessed value of $100,000 the amount of taxes will be $730. Keep in mind that some municipalities have their own tax rate, which will be in addition to the County's rate. Click on this link to calculate estimated tax bill: TAX CALCULATOR
What Property is Taxed?
Property taxes are levied on real property, manufactured homes, motor vehicles, air and water crafts, boats, boat motors, trailers and income producing personal property. Click on this link for details: TAXABLE PROPERTY
What Do Property Taxes Pay For?
Property taxes pay for services such as: law enforcement, fire department and animal control. You also use services paid for by property taxes when you send your children to public schools, check out a book from the library, carry your trash to the convenience site and even when you eat at an inspected restaurant. Your taxes also pay for services to help protect children and senior citizens from abuse or neglect, help move people from welfare to work and much more.
Why do people who answer the phone ask so many questions instead of just sending help?
The dispatchers are trained to ask various questions pertaining to whatever is being reported to help the dispatcher determine what type of units will respond and how they will respond.
Asking questions does not slow down the response. Usually emergency calls are being dispatched by the other operator while the call taker is still on the phone with the caller.
If the person who answers my 9-1-1 call already has my phone number and address on their computer screen, why am I still asked to provide that information?
The telephone number and address of every call to 9-1-1 must be confirmed. Enhanced 9-1-1 is a wonderful tool, but life or death situations are much too important to rely on a computer database being 100% accurate. Your address and number will be confirmed every time you connect to a 9-1-1 center to make sure the information is correct. If it is not, the phone company will be notified to update or correct the discrepancy.
Other reasons callers are asked to confirm location and phone number is because the emergency could be in another location. More time is wasted by sending units to the wrong locations. The few additional seconds needed to confirm the information and get it right are well spent in obtaining critical information.
Why do I have to answer so many questions when I call for an ambulance?
Wilson County has a program in place called Emergency Medical Dispatching or EMD. Through a series of medical questions the dispatcher is able to determine the severity of the medical condition. Based on the answers to the questions, the proper level of care and response mode is determined.
Also with this system the dispatcher is able to provide medical instruction such as CPR or controlling bleeding to the caller.
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What is the construction taking place near the Stadium and Transit lines?
A number of access improvements are underway in anticipation of the volume of riders, including:
New eastbound platform at Great America Station for stadium event service
Queuing areas for departing stadium attendees on closed lanes of Tasman Drive
Fencing of LRT Right-of-Way near stadium
Event only pedestrian at-grade crossing of LRT tracks on Tasman Drive
New Light Rail Storage and Turnback tracks on Tasman Drive, west of Old Ironsides
Can event attendees take the bus to the Stadium?
Yes. VTA is adding bus service to Levi’s® Stadium, based on projected event attendance, with stops within a short walking distance to Levi’s® Stadium. For details, log on to www.vta.org/levisstadium.
Can event attendees take Light Rail to the Stadium?
Yes. VTA is adding light rail service to Levi’s® Stadium, based on projected event attendance, to the Great America Light Rail Station. For details, log on to www.vta.org/levisstadium
What time(s) will the Creek Trail be closed?
It is SCPD’s goal to limit the closure and therefore reduce the impact to the public.
For large events, SCPD generally closes Tasman Drive and begins to set up the security area and magnetometers just after Midnight on the day of a large event. Once this area has been swept and deemed secure, individuals cannot access this area without a ticket and proceeding through security. A portion of the bike trail is within this footprint. As a result, the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail is closed just after Midnight on the day of a large event.
The creek trail will be reopened as soon as possible following large events at the stadium.
Will the San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail be accessible to non-stadium goers on event days?
Yes. However, a portion of the Creek Trail is closed on event days. A detour (similar to the one that has been in place during the construction of the facility) will allow outdoor enthusiasts to access the trail during Levi’s® Stadium events. Signage will be posted.
What is SCPD planning to do to minimize Levi’s® Stadium goers attempting to park in nearby neighborhoods?
The plans for restricted access signage and officer-controlled intersections are intended to deter Levi’s® Stadium-goers from parking in non-designated areas. Staff will be assessing these measures after each event and will make adjustments as necessary.
Because they have privately managed streets, each of the mobile home communities in Sunnyvale has an established program to remove vehicles that are violating the community’s regulations. Each mobile home community should review their established rules and tow company relationships to ensure they are up-to-date and will adequately address this concern.
Can the public tailgate in one of Santa Clara’s local parks?
Park picnic areas throughout the city are open to the public without reservation, on a first come-first served basis, except in Central Park located at 909 Kiely Boulevard. A summary of the City’s Municipal Codes frequently addressed in Santa Clara parks, include:
No vehicles are allowed in the parks.
No amplified music is allowed in any park or building without a permit.
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the parks (exception, beer, wine and champagne with a permit in Central Park).
Portable barbecues are not allowed in any of the parks.
Groups of 25 persons or more must have a permit to use a park.
Violations of these regulations can result in a citation and/or being asked to leave the park.
For more information about picnic areas, parks buildings and/or fields, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (408)615-3140.
Where is tailgating allowed?
A detailed map will be provided to season ticket holders regarding what is and is not allowed in each parking lot. This map is available at www.levisstadium.com.
What do we do once someone has parked in my neighborhood that shouldn’t be there?
SCPD has developed a Neighborhood Protection Plan in response to events at Levi’s Stadium. Should vehicles penetrate this system, it is appropriate to call SCPD’s non-emergency phone number (408-615-5580). Although it is not illegal to park on a public street, staff will evaluate the need to redistribute resources in the plan
If a vehicle is blocking a driveway, please call SCPD’s non-emergency phone number (408-615-5580). In this situation, the vehicle will be cited and/or towed.
How do you go about implementing a Residential Permit Parking Program?
The City of Santa Clara’s Traffic Engineering Division (408-615-3000) oversees the Residential Permit Parking Program. When approached by residents requesting an area be zoned for Residential Permit Parking, City Engineers conduct an evaluation of the current conditions, assess whether the resident request is warranted and make a recommendation to the Santa Clara City Council. A Public Hearing is noticed to all residents in the proposed for Residential Permit Parking area and the City Council takes action based on the information provided in the Staff Report and Public Hearing. Based on the action taken, if any, the Traffic Engineering Division installs the appropriate signage and/or striping.
The regulation and enforcement of the Residential Permit Parking program is performed by the Santa Clara Police Department
Has permit parking been considered for the residential neighborhood off Agnew Road?
Yes. However, due to the dense and varied mixed use housing in north Santa Clara, SCPD has developed a Neighborhood Protection Plan in response to events at Levi’s Stadium. To minimize the impact on residential neighborhoods, the Traffic Plan places security or police personnel at all major intersections around the stadium. The Traffic Plan also establishes check points along with restricted access signage at key residential locations north of Highway 101 to deter vehicles from entering residential neighborhoods. Instead, stadium event attendees will be directed to pre-determined parking lots and/or freeways, away from residences.
Managing residential parking in a way that is both safe and fair is challenging. However, based on recommendations from several Santa Clara residents at Stadium Community meetings, SCPD is implementing a Vehicle Admission Sticker program.
The Vehicle Admission Sticker program is a means to assist in the identification of Santa Clara residents that live in the affected areas. Security or police personnel will use the sticker to help identify the vehicles of residents at various check points throughout the north side of the City and wave them through to expedite the process. All other vehicles without a sticker may be stopped for identification purposes.
Please note, this is not a Residential Permit Parking area designated by resolution of the City Council where a permit is required to park on the street.
Display of the Sticker
Enclosed you will find three (3) free stickers;
If you choose to participate in this program, please affix the sticker inside the vehicle’s windshield on the lower, left side (driver’s side);
For motorcycles, place the sticker on the windshield in a location that will not obstruct the driver’s view, or on the front fork;
Sticker holders must continue to obey all traffic rules and follow directions from security and/or police personnel;
No person shall sell, transfer or allow another person to use the Vehicle Admission Sticker; and,
Replacement or additional stickers can be obtained by contacting the Santa Clara Police Department, (408) 615-4892.
Parking on public streets is regulated by the California Vehicle Code and the City of Santa Clara Municipal Code.
If non-resident vehicles access the residential neighborhood, there is not a prohibition to legally park on the street.
Parking is prohibited in an intersection or a crosswalk, within 15 feet of a fire station driveway or fire hydrant, in front of a public or private driveway, on a sidewalk or parkway, on the roadway side of a parked vehicle (double parking), in a bus stop, or in such a manner that obstructs the free use of the street. To report illegal parking in your neighborhood, call the non-emergency phone number, 408-615-5580. In this situation, the vehicle will be cited and/or towed.
Will the parking lot at David’s Restaurant at the Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club be available on event days?
David’s Restaurant patrons will have access to the parking lot at Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Center. The golf course will be closed on event days and utilized for event parking.
What activities are allowed / not allowed in parking lots?
The use policies vary from parking lot to parking lot based on the Agreement with the property owner For specific details, refer to www.levisstadium.com and/or the signage in the various parking lots.
Yes. Parking will be pre-sold via the Levi’s® Stadium app and online. The app will then provide directions to the ticket holder on how to access that lot. To date, 12,000 parking passes have been pre-sold for 49er football games.
What is the cost to park a personal vehicle?
Parking costs range from $40-$50. The number of parking lots offering this service will vary according to the event size, however cash lots will also be available to guests and will be communicated through www.levisstadium.com.
Where will Levi’s® Stadium attendees park?
Public parking lots have been secured west and north of Levi’s® Stadium. More than 21,000 parking spaces are located within a short walking distance of Levi’s® Stadium. Patrons are also expected to utilize public transportation, hire private transportation (e.g. charter bus, taxi, limousine, etc.) or bike to Levi’s® Stadium.
Approximately 30 changeable message boards will guide guest from major thoroughfares to the parking lots. These message boards can be changed from Levi’s® Stadium Command Post as needed on the day of an event.
Levi’s® Stadium employees will be parking at Oracle and will be shuttled to the facility.
Will the City close any parks due to the drought?
No, the City is not closing any parks due to drought.
The Parks & Recreation Department receives its water from the City of Santa Clara Water Utility, both potable and recycled. The City Water System’s sources include local underground aquifer from 27 City wells (62%), imported supply from two wholesale water suppliers (25%), and recycled water from the San Jose/ Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant for irrigation purposes. This third source makes up about 13% of the water used citywide and a significant portion of the water used by the City Parks system (about 60% city wide). Recycled water offsets the use of potable water and helps conserve our potable water for drinking and household uses.
In addition, the Parks & Recreation Department has instituted best practices for water conservation regardless of source (potable or recycled) by irrigating at night, reducing water consumption by reducing time of flow on our clocks, and/or turning off unnecessary valves to established vegetation, using mulch to conserve soil moisture, and planting native drought tolerant plants when/where appropriate. The department also rebuilds valves in showers and restrooms to reduce the likelihood of water waste, and has installed low flow devices for sinks and toilets. The City will periodically review it's practices to be sure we are adjusting to any recommended changes, best practices, or new policy mandates.
Where can I find results from the Parks & Recreation survey completed spring 2014?
The recent public opinion research telephone survey was conducted by Strategic Research Associates on behalf of Parks & Recreation Department to provide statistical feedback from residents related to questions about the International Swim Center-International Swimming Hall of Fame, the New Housing Development Impact Fee Ordinance, and the Youth Sports Complex feasibility study, as well as other demographic and park system questions.
Additional synopsis of results and graphic summary available here.
Is the YAC available for rent?
The City of Santa Clara Walter E. Schmidt Youth Activity Center (YAC) is available for use by the City of Santa Clara, Santa Clara Unified School District, other public/government agencies, and youth organizations. For information on facility rentals, visit our Rentals page.