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Appealing Your Property Tax

Homeowner's Guide to Property Taxes

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Homeowner's Guide to Property Taxes
  1. Property Tax History and Allocation
  2. Real Property and How it is Assessed
  3. Personal Property
  4. Calculating and Paying your Taxes
  5. Property Tax Relief and Exemption

4. Calculating and Paying Your Taxes:

You can estimate what your property taxes will be if you know the "assessed value" of your property and the tax levy rate. For example, if the assessed value of your property is $100,000 and the levy rate is $15 per thousand dollars of value:

$100,000 X .015 ($15 per thousand) = $1,500 estimated tax

How To Pay Your Property Taxes                               

The County Treasurer mails property tax statements during February each year. The first half may be paid by April 30, and the balance by October 31, without penalties for late payment.

Many tax statements are sent to lending companies that require homeowners to maintain a property tax reserve account. If you do not receive your property tax statement, or if you know that your bank pays your taxes and you want to know the amount of your tax, contact the county treasurer's office.

You may pay your property tax to the County Treasurer in person or by mail. If you mail a check, be sure to include the tax parcel or account number on the check and include the tax statement's payment stub.

Property Tax Rates Differ 

The amount of property tax due on comparable properties may be different throughout a county. Such differences are due to three factors:

  1. The various combination of taxing districts in different areas of the county.
  2. The amount of the budget for each taxing district.
  3. The presence of voter-approved special levies and bonds.

Next: Property Tax Relief and Exemption

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