First half taxes due


EATON —Brenda White, Preble County Treasurer, would like to announce that the payment for the first half 2014 real estate taxes can now be made. Property owners who have property that has been transferred within the past year should contact the Treasurer’s office regarding making payment.

“We have had some return mail from the post office. If you have not received your tax bill for the first half, please contact our office at 456-8140,” White said in a recent press release. “If you have forwarding mail and have not received your tax bill, please call our office.”

She continued: “When sending in your tax payment, it is mandatory that you return the Treasurer’s stub with your check. If anyone has any questions regarding their bill, please call the Treasurer’s Office.

“If you need assistance in paying your taxes, there are payment plan programs available. Also, if you are military personnel and are active in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Noble Eagle, you may qualify for assistance. Contact our office for the application and qualifications.

“The courthouse in now open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday thru Friday. If this is not a convenient time for you to pay in the office, you can pay at any local bank or bank branch during their business hours except for Fifth Third Bank. You do not have to have an account at the bank to do this. Some banks may charge a fee. The banks can only receive payments if you have your tax stub with you. If the payment is mailed into the office and you want your receipt returned, please enclose a self addressed stamped envelope with your entire notice and remittance.

“You may also pay online with credit cards. If you choose this option, go to preblecountyauditor.org. Search for your property by name, address or parcel number. Click on the tax tab. You will see a box that says pay this amount. Click there. This will take you to where you put in your credit card information. There is a 2.5 percent convenience fee for this service. We do not accept credit cards in the office. If you choose this method, you must do it online. It will take 3 to 7 business days for the transaction to reach our office. Please allow sufficient time for the transaction to be received.”

According to White, the taxes are due and payable by Friday, July 17. There will not be an extension of time. Taxes not paid within one year from the due date are subject to foreclosure under Chapter 5721 of the Ohio Revised Code.

Property owners should note: Section 323.122 states any taxes paid after the due date will accrue a penalty and interest. Failure to receive a tax bill will not avoid such penalty and interest.

If any taxpayers have questions regarding their tax bill, they should call the Treasurer’s Office at 456-8140.

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