Real Estate Taxes

General Information

Real Estate taxes are calculated using the appraiser's valuation of the property as of January 1st and the mill levy for the taxing unit associated with the property. The mill levies are finalized in October and tax information is available the first week of November. Tax bills are usually mailed out the first week of November. If you do not receive a tax statement by December 1st please contact our office.

Real Estate taxes are paid in arrears with the first half due by December 20 and the second half due by May 10 of the following year. Taxes must be received in our office or postmarked by these dates to avoid interest. No Second Half Notices are sent. If you would like to receive an email reminder you may sign up on our Notify Me section.

Forms of payment accepted are cash, check, or credit card. If paying by credit card there is a 2.5% processing fee.  You may also pay taxes online by visiting the Property Tax Payment application.

Mortgage Company Payments

Some taxpayers may have their real estate taxes paid by a mortgage company. For these taxpayers, the original tax statement is mailed to the mortgage company and a duplicate copy of the statement is mailed to the taxpayer. If you receive a tax statement that was to go to the mortgage company we ask that you contact your mortgage company and forward the statement to them for payment. If you receive a duplicate tax statement showing no amounts due and you no longer have an escrow account with a mortgage company please contact our office.

Delinquent tax notices are mailed to the property owner not the mortgage company. If you receive a past due notice please contact our office.

Delinquent Real Estate Taxes

First half real estate taxes become delinquent on December 21st.  Interest accrues daily on the first half until paid. Second half real estate taxes can be paid anytime on or before May 10th without interest.

Reminder notices are mailed out in January and June.  Taxes must be paid before August 1st.  If taxes remain unpaid as of August 1st a Delinquent Tax Listing is printed in the newspaper and a $16 fee will be assessed in addition to the accrued interest.

Delinquent real estate goes into redemption on the first Tuesday in September. If the taxes remain unpaid after three years from that redemption date, the property becomes eligible for a Tax Foreclosure Sale. The property is sold at a public auction after due process is served.