The Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collector Tony Yzaguirre Jr. said tax accounts totaling more than $24 million will be handed over to tax attorneys on July 1 to enforce the collection of those outstanding balances.

The Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collector Tony Yzaguirre Jr. said tax accounts totaling more than $24 million will be handed over to tax attorneys on July 1 to enforce the collection of those outstanding balances.

Yzaguirre said in a press release that 27,436 taxpayers hadn’t paid up on their 2017 tax accounts, which totals $24,024,327.61 for Cameron County and 37 other taxing entities his office represents.

All property taxes from 2017 became delinquent on Feb. 1.

However, those looking to settle up with the county will have an extra day to do so because June 30 is a Saturday and July 1 is a Sunday.

“This year our taxpayers have an extra day to pay,” Yzaguirre said.

However, those who don’t take the opportunity will be assessed attorney’s fees between 12.5 percent and 20 percent, along with running the risk of a tax lawsuit.

Taxpayers who visit one of the county’s tax officers or mail their tax payments on Monday, July 2, will avoid those additional collection fees.

Those facing economic hardship do have several alternative payment plans to help.

For more information, call the Cameron County Tax-Assessor’s office at (956) 544-0800.