Tax bills are mailed in early to mid-November. The first half of taxes are due by December 20th. If taxes are not paid by the due date, interest of 11% per annum (changes per year) will be added as provided by law. If the first half is paid by December 20th, the second half will be due by May 10th of the following year. If payment for the second half is late the same interest will accrue.
Included in the mailed tax bill, you should receive an application for a request on a reminder of the second half real estate taxes. If you are paying the first half only, you may send by mail or bring into our office this request filled out. Second half reminders will be sent between March and April.
If your taxes are paid out of an escrow account, your tax bill will be sent to your mortgage company or bank that is handling your account. A "tax information sheet" will be sent to the property owner. If your property value goes up, it does not necessarily mean you will pay more taxes. Likewise, if your property value goes down or does not change, it does not automatically mean you will pay less or the same amount of taxes.
Your taxes are based on how much your local taxing authorities decide to spend on services each year. Questions pertaining to your assessments on your property can be answered by the County Appraiser. The first $2,300 in residential assessed value is exempt from the statewide Unified School District taxes.
Mortgage Company Payments
If you have an escrow account for your real estate taxes with a mortgage company, the mortgage company should receive the tax statement. If you do receive the tax statement instead of the mortgage company, we ask you to forward it to the mortgage company so they can pay taxes from the escrow account. We also ask you to have your current mortgage company notify the County Treasurer's office so that we can get the correct billing information from them. Mortgage companies are required by Federal Law to make half payments, so they will be paying taxes on or before December 20 and on or before May 10th.
Past due notices are sent to the homeowner, not to the escrow agent. If the mortgage company was to have paid these taxes, you must inform them that the Treasurer's Office for the County did not receive the payment. If there are any questions, the mortgage company needs to call the County Treasurer's Office at 785-238-6021.
Real Estate Tax Collection
The first half of taxes must be paid by December 20th. If taxes are not paid by the due date, interest will accrue. If the first half is paid by December 20th, the second half will be due by May 10th of the following year. If payment for the second half is late the same interest will accrue.
After December 20th and before May 10th, the first half payment plus interest can be paid.
If taxes are due and unpaid for three years, the property is subject to a tax foreclosure suit by the County. The property can then be sold at public auction. Anyone that has delinquent real estate taxes in the County cannot bid at these auctions.
Personal Property Tax Collection
The first half tax must be paid by December 20th. After that date, the full amount of Personal Property taxes are due, plus interest. If the first half taxes are paid by December 20th, the second half is due by May 10th. If payment for the second half is late the same interest will accrue. Full unpaid personal property taxes are sent to the Sheriff for collection in March. Second half unpaid personal property taxes are sent to the Sheriff for collection in August.
Tax on personal property is not prorated, if you own the property January 1st, the full amount is due. You must pay at least half by December 20th, if not the full amount immediately becomes due and owing. Interest and penalties begin on December 21st.
Change of Address
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