How to pay property taxes? Let me count the ways
November 10, 2012
Now that all the dust has cleared from property tax petitions and hotly contested elections, it’s time to pay the piper. Property taxes are due November 30. As Summit County Treasurer, my primary responsibility is to collect the property taxes charged by the taxing entities in the county. (These include municipalities, school districts, fire districts, special service districts such as recreation, road maintenance and mosquito abatement, and the county taxes that pay for municipal services.) This is an open letter to Summit County taxpayers that will hopefully answer a few questions about paying those property taxes.
This may come as a surprise (as it did to me), but a full three-fourths of real-estate parcels in Summit County do not have their property taxes paid through mortgage escrow. Most folks pay it the old-fashioned way — right out of pocket in November. This is probably because so many parcels in our county are second homes or investment properties, but the fact still remains that many county residents have a significant bill due in a few weeks.
Since being elected treasurer in 2010, I’ve expanded the options for paying Summit County property taxes and tried to ease the burden of the large year-end tax bill. Below is an outline of payment options for 2012 taxes and information about pre-paying taxes for 2013. As always, most questions can be answered by visiting our website at http://www.summitcounty.org/treasurer . If you have any questions, please feel free to call my office at (435) 336-3267, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ways to pay:
Online via e-check (free) or credit card (2.5% fee): Visit the website listed above, click "Pay Property Taxes Online" and follow the prompts. Save on the stamp and the hassle of snail mailing a check.
By telephone at (800) 690-2889 (above fees apply).
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By mail to P.O. Box 128, Coalville, UT 84017 (postmark by November 30 to avoid penalty).
In person at the treasurer’s office the drive to Coalville is beautiful and the historic Summit County Courthouse (and museum) are well worth the trip.
How to prepay 2013 taxes:
Rather than making one lump-sum payment in November, you can make payments throughout the year. We recommend paying one-tenth of the previous year’s tax bill each month January through September, and we’ll bill you the remaining balance in November. There are two ways to make prepayments:
EasyPay automatic monthly debit: The county withdraws the amount from your bank account each month. Fill out the enrollment form at http://www.summitcounty.org/treasurer/downloads/Easy_Pay_Form.pdf and submit to the Treasurer any time during the year.
Printed coupons download your own coupons at http://www.summitcounty.org/treasurer and mail a check with a coupon each month.
Frequently asked questions:
Many answers can be found at http://www.summitcounty.org/treasurer/faqs.php , but here are a few common questions:
How do I change my mailing address?
Send an email with your new address to email@example.com , or call the recorder’s office at (435) 336-3264.
My property’s market value is too high.
You have the opportunity to appeal your assessed market value every year after you receive the evaluation notice in July. Appeals are due in the assessor’s office by September 15. If you did not appeal your value this year, it is too late. Questions? Contact the assessor at (435) 336-3211.
Why hasn’t my mortgage company paid my taxes yet?
Mortgage companies usually don’t release their payments until the end of November, despite their letters that give dates earlier in the month. You can check your account online to see when the payment is applied.
The Summit County Treasurer’s office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we’re happy to answer any questions you may have.