On Oct. 1, approximately 177,588 tax notices were mailed to Nueces County property owners, or their mortgage company, electronically, Nueces County Tax Assessor and Collector Ronnie Canales announced last week.

Taxpayers have until Jan. 31, 2011 to pay their taxes. On February 1, 2011, penalty and interest will begin accumulating on unpaid tax bills.

Property owners should note that Section 31.01 (g) of the Texas property Code states, "Failure to send or receive the tax bill required by this section does not affect the validity of the tax, penalty or interest, the due date, the existence of the tax lien or any procedure instituted to collect this tax."

Canales explained that this section of the code means that property owners remain liable for the tax, regardless of whether they actually received the bill. Property owners who do not receive a bill by Oct. 15 are asked to contact the Nueces County Appraisal District.

Property owners who are 65 years of age or older, or who are disabled, should contact the Appraisal District regarding any entitlement they may have to a postponement of the payment of their taxes.

Tax bills may be paid by credit card online at www.co.nueces.tx.us or by telephone at 1-800-2PAYTAX.

For more information, contact Canales' office at (361) 888-0230.