County assessor sends out tax bills


By Katrina Goforth - katrina@altustimes.com



Tax statements have gone out this week, according to Jackson County Assessor Lisa Roberson.

Property owners will have until Dec. 31 to pay half of the taxed amount or the full amount if their statement is $25 or less. For those who choose to pay half in December, the second half is due by March 31.

The county assessor’s office has the responsibility to appraise and assess the real and personal property within Jackson County for ad-valorem, or property, taxation using cadastral mapping and computer-assisted mass appraisal, or CAMA, systems which show the extent, value and ownership of land. Jan. 1, 2018 marks the beginning of property appraisal.

A property’s use, market condition and ownership on Jan. 1 determines whether it is taxed, its value and the party responsible for paying the tax.

If you haven’t received a tax statement by mid-December, contact the Jackson County Treasurer’s office because failure to receive a tax statement doesn’t exempt anyone from paying taxes. After Dec. 31, penalty charges begin adding up at 1.5 percent per month until the taxes are paid. That same 1.5 percent penalty begins adding up April 1 if the second half of due taxes aren’t paid in time.

You might qualify for an exemption.

The State of Oklahoma allows for a homestead exemption which requires that you own your own home on Jan. 1 and it must be your principal residence on Jan. 1. An additional homestead exemption is available for those who qualify with a gross household income of $20,000 or less a year while meeting all the homestead exemption requirements.

Those with a gross household income of $12,00 or less, who are at least 65 years or totally disabled may also be eligible for a property tax refund/credit. Disabled veterans or surviving spouses of service members who died in the line of duty who meet specific requirements may also be eligible for tax exemptions on property tax.

Your county assessor can help you determine if you qualify for a property tax exemption.

For more information, contact County Assessor Lisa Roberson at 580-482-0787 or County Treasurer Renee Howard at 580-482-4371 or go to the Jackson County Courthouse at 101 N. Main St.

By Katrina Goforth

katrina@altustimes.com

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