Property tax deadline approaching

March 31 last date to pay before additional penalties

By Mary O. Esparza, -

Any individual that owns real estate, a business or farming equipment in Jackson County is responsible for paying a yearly property tax. Jackson County Treasurer Renee Howard said every year owners can pay property taxes on Dec. 31 and March 31, but after the first deadline a penalty tax of 1 1/2 percent per month is added with interest. (Each time owners receive mailed reminder letters, an administrative fee is also added.)

Property owners with past due taxes are mailed their final notification on March 1. The final notice states the final date to pay your total past due property taxes is the second Monday of June. If the total amount is not paid by the June date, your property will be seized and sold on July 13. First Deputy Regina Varney said that there is a total of 138 Jackson County property owners with taxes up to four years past due.

Howard said that property tax revenue is very important in helping fund the schools, libraries, health departments, ambulances (EMS), technical centers, and county government offices. The 2015 County property tax collection amount totals $10,734,377.

The Jackson County Treasurer’s Office operates under strict guidelines and State law requires the treasurer to be covered by a surety bond valued at $50,000. Howard has five staff members that collect payments, perform bookkeeping duties, maintain reports, correspond with property owners and other authorized duties.

The County Treasurer’s Office is located on the second floor of the Jackson County Courthouse. Their hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Forms of payment include cash, check or money order. Credit or debit cards cannot be forms of payment. You must pay personal taxes first, then ag equipment, business personnel and mobile homes. It was also noted that all questions on the original yearly property tax amount is calculated in the county assesor’s office.

For additional information, contact the Jackson County Treasurer’s Office at 580-482-4371.
March 31 last date to pay before additional penalties

By Mary O. Esparza,

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext.2077

Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext.2077

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