Property taxes are due at the end of November
About half of the properties in the county have their taxes paid through mortgage companies
November 22, 2016
It's hard for anyone to argue against funding education, but every year Summit County Treasurer Corrie Forsling gets complaints from taxpayers who are concerned they are supporting the local school districts even though they don't have school-aged children.
With less than one week left until property taxes are due in Summit County, Forsling said her office is fielding the usual calls from homeowners as they attempt to navigate their bill ahead of the Nov. 30 deadline.
"Every year I get complaints about that and I kindly remind everyone that we are paying for an educated society," Forsling said.
Summit County's collected taxes support the local school districts, fire and water services, road maintenance and repair, trash collection and any other services that are provided through the county. The largest portion, as outlined on the tax bill, typically goes to the school districts, Forsling said.
The Treasurer's Office is the collection agency for those entities, holding onto the funds for up to 30 days before dispersing them to the service districts.
Homeowners have until Nov. 30 to pay their bill before the Treasurer's Office attaches a 1 percent penalty or $10, whichever is greater. After Jan. 31, an additional 1.5 percent penalty is added with incurring interest.
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About half of the properties in the county have their taxes paid through mortgage companies. Forsling said the upper right corner of the tax bill indicates whether a mortgage company is responsible.
Full-time homeowners who live in the county more than six months out of the year, excluding nightly rentals, qualify for a primary home discount of 45 percent. If a person does not live here most of the year, they pay the full tax charge.
Forsling said primary homeowners have until Nov. 30 to apply for primary home designation. Property valuations were sent in July with information about property status.
Property owners in unincorporated areas of the county pay a county-municipal rate, in addition to the general rate that is charged to all property owners county wide.
Tax bills were mailed over Halloween weekend and should have been received during the first week of November, Forsling said. Anyone who did not receive their bill can access it online at http://summitcounty.org/treasurer.
Property taxes can be paid through the mail, online, at the Treasurer's Office in the County Courthouse in Coalville, the DMV in the Sheldon Richins Building or the DMV in Kamas.
Payments are free online with an eCheck or a 2.5 percent fee is added for payments made with a credit card. Mail can be postmarked Nov. 30, but Forsling suggested anyone who waits until the last day to personally request a Nov. 30 postmark. Forsling encouraged anyone who is struggling with the website or their bill to contact her office.
Forsling anticipates a more than 95 percent overall collection rate as of the due date. Within five years, she said the county typically collects 100 percent of overdue taxes.
"I look at it (collection rate) in terms of value," Forsling said. "While we are a smaller county, we do have higher property values and a higher number of parcels."
The Treasurer's Office collects taxes on about 40,000 parcels. The county's assessed valuation for property remained steady at around $15 billion for the second year in a row.
"Our collection rates tend to follow what is happening in the economy," Forsling said. "As it continues upward, our collection rates remain high.
For more information about where or how to pay property taxes, go to http://summitcounty.org/268/Treasurer.
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