Deadline for paying traffic tickets extended in Lee

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FORT MYERS, Fla. Leadfoots have been granted some leniency.

Lee County residents have more time to pay their traffic tickets after Hurricane Irma.

The office of Clerk of Courts Linda Doggett extended several deadlines because of the storm.

Traffic fine payments and criminal court fee payments due on or before Sept. 11 will be given a 30-day extension to Oct. 11, the clerk’s website said. All payment plans will also be extended until Oct. 11, and no driver license suspensions will be issued during the extension.

Below are more storm-related changes on the clerk’s website:

  • Court hearings and trials will be rescheduled and the court case parties will be notified of new dates.
  • Jury service for those scheduled to report during office closure (Sept. 7-17) is considered canceled.
  • Foreclosure and Tax Deed sales canceled during office closure will be rescheduled. All canceled sales will be rescheduled and republished within the next 30 days.
  • The Department of Revenue has extended the payment period for Tourist Tax collected in August. The new deadline is Sept. 29. This applies only for returns and payments due for the August 2017 reporting period.

The deadline for Lee County property owners wanting to challenge their property’s assessed value, exemption status or classification via the Value Adjustment Board was Friday, Sept. 8, the clerk’s office said.

But those unable to meet the deadline due to Hurricane Irma, or for any other reason, can still file a petition with the Clerk’s Value Adjustment Board.

Petitioners must submit a detailed letter explaining why they were unable to meet the deadline. Property owners may file their petitions on the clerk’s website or by mail. All petitions filed late will be subject to a good cause review, prior to acceptance.

The cost to file a petition is $15.

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