Property taxes now available online
SUMMIT COUNTY – The next time you’re checking your e-mail, surf on over to the Summit County Government’s website (www.co.summit.co.us) and take a peek at your property taxes. The yearly dues can be viewed and paid online now, presenting a “really nice service” for taxpayers, according to Summit County Treasurer Bill Wallace. Now just a few clicks away, property owners can get a copy of tax bills if they’ve misplaced or lost the original, mailed copy, see if taxes have been paid, pay taxes if needed and print out a receipt. The Treasurer’s Office offers a couple of different options for those wishing to pay their property taxes on the web. The first is the e-check, which draws money directly from a checking account. The second option is payment by credit card, which comes with a 2.85 percent fee charged by the credit card company. Those who choose the credit card option pay the fee on top of their property taxes. Besides a streamlined payment system, Wallace said his department hopes to avoid double property tax payments. Many people don’t know that their property taxes are in escrow with the mortgage company, and because of this, property owners end up sending checks to the Treasurer’s Office for taxes already paid by a lending company. By making the payment status of property taxes available online, it will be easier for people to avoid double payment. The county paid $7,000 to get the system running and $600 per month to maintain the service. Wallace said that in the long run this service will help keep the Treasurer’s Office from having to increase staffing, but will probably be a small financial loss on paper. “There will be more property in the county and more tax schedules,” he said. “We’ll be able to manage and maintain without having to increase.” Some of the costs will be swallowed up by savings on postage, which Wallace said accounts for about $6,000 to $7,000 per year. With receipts available online and returned checks from double payment expected to go down, the county should see a decrease in postage costs.Property taxpayers have two payment-deadline options: A two-deadline schedule, with half the amount due Feb. 28 and the other half due June 15, or a lump sum payment, due April 30. Lindsey Krusen can be reached at email@example.com, or at (970) 668-4620.
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