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First half 2012 real estate tax bills due Feb. 15
SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen Scalise has announced first-half 2012 real estate tax bills were to be mailed starting Jan. 18.
The closing date for payment will be Feb. 15, with the exception of military personnel. Property taxes are deferred for military reservists who are on active duty. Applications can be obtained by calling 330-643-2641 or visiting fiscaloff ice.summitoh.net.
There are several ways for taxpayers to make payment:
• Payments can be made in person at the Summit County Fiscal Office, Treasurer’s Division, on the third floor of the Ohio Building, 175 S. Main St., Mondays through Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Mailed payments must be U.S. postmarked by Feb. 15 to avoid the statutory 10 percent penalty for late payment. A private meter is not valid for establishing the date of payment.
• At banks who participate in the Regional Tax Collection System: A list of participating banks is included on the tax bill. Checks must be payable to the banking institution.
• Tax bills can be paid online or by phone through a secure payment service provided by Official Payments Corp. Taxpayers will need their parcel number on hand. A nominal service fee will be charged by Official Payments Corp. To pay taxes online or by phone, go to fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/index.php/on-line-tax-pay ments.
• In-person cash payments can be made through MoneyGram, a new payment service offered at 35,000 locations nationwide. When making a payment using MoneyGram, taxpayers must provide the name of the Summit County office, city and state, their parcel number and one of the following payment codes: R.E.D. payment — 9602; Real Estate payment — 9603; Tax Installment Plan (TIP) payment — 9604 or Delinquent Tax payment — 9605. A nominal service fee will be charged by Official Payments Corp. To locate a MoneyGram center, visit www.Offi cialPayments.com/locate or call 800-MoneyGram.
Bills are available online by going to www.fiscaloffice.summitoh.net and choosing the Property Tax & Appraisal link.
The Tax Installment Program will be available again this year. Homeowners who pay their real estate taxes directly to the Fiscal Office but cannot pay the full first half amount due can avoid late-payment penalties by enrolling. To be eligible, all taxes and assessments must be current. The deadline to sign up is Feb. 15. Call 330-643-2869 for more information.
The Fiscal Office continues to offer various plans to assist in the payment of delinquent taxes. Any taxpayer who is delinquent should call 330-643-2600.
Those who have not received a tax bill by the end of January should call 330-643-2588 or 888-388-5613, email email@example.com or visit the website to print their own bill.
Stephanie Kist contributed to this report.
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