Grayson County Commissioners approved the use of the courthouse’s west parking lot for the Tax Assessor Collector’s plan to hold a special one-day drive thru tax payment option.


For the fifth year in a row, taxpayers will be able to drop off property tax payments on Jan. 31, from the convenience of their car. Tax office personnel will be stationed at the Sherman courthouse west entrance parking lot on Crockett Street from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


“We’ve made it a little easier for folks to pay their property taxes,” Grayson County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Stidham said.


His assistant Virginia Hughes said traffic for the drive thru has increased each year and they feel like it will again this year.


“I think anything we can do to make it easier to pay your taxes, like lowering the rate, is appreciated by our constituents,” Grayson County Judge Bill Magers joked, referencing the fact that the court has lowered the tax rate two years in a row.


“Instead of having to search for a place to park, then waiting in line to pay your taxes, we’re making it easier by giving taxpayers the opportunity to stay in their car and drop their payment off at our drive-thru location,” Stidham said in a statement to the media.


Those taking part in the event should look for the flags at the north drive-thru entrance of the parking lot and exit at the south back onto Crockett Street.


Stidham noted that only checks and money orders will be accepted at the drive-thru location. No cash payments. All payments must be in a sealed envelope with a return address clearly visible and each drive-thru taxpayer will receive a special card dated Jan 31, as the date their envelope was deposited in the drop-off box. Actual receipts for payments will be mailed the following week.


“If a taxpayer doesn’t receive their receipt in the mail, the card lets us know to check and see that the payment was made and to mail out a new receipt,” Stidham said.


For more details, contact Bruce Stidham, Grayson County Tax Assessor-Collector, at (903) 813-4269)