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The Suburbanite
  • No excuses: Second-half property taxes due July 17

  • The Stark County Treasurer’s Office will mail tax bills this weekend to property owners. Payments are due July 17. Tax bills for manufactured homes will be mailed during the first week of July and are due July 31.

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  • Like a teacher collecting homework assignments, the Stark County Treasurer’s Office hears all types of excuses for why people forgot to pay their taxes on time:
    • “I thought my escrow agent was going to pay it. Then I realized I paid the escrow off.”
    • “The post office sent the bill to my Florida address.”
    • “I never got my bill.”
    “Never getting their bill is No. 1,” Stark County Treasurer Alexander Zumbar said. “We make every attempt to send you your bill, but if we don’t have a proper address on file, we can’t get it to you.”
    Ohio law states that taxpayers are responsible for paying their taxes on time — even if they don’t receive a physical bill.
    “There is no ‘it can be charged,’ ” the Republican treasurer said. “It says it must be charged.”
    Only members of the National Guard or reserve units of the military who have been called to active duty can apply for a time extension under the law.
    ON ITS WAY
    The Stark County Treasurer’s Office began mailing real estate tax bills Friday. Payments are due by July 17.
    Tax bills for manufactured homes will be mailed during the first week of July and are due July 31.
    Remember to include the bottom portion of the tax bill along with a check or money order made payable to the Stark County Treasurer. Write your parcel or registration number on your check to ensure proper credit.
    Mailed payments must be postmarked by the U.S. Post Office no later than the due date. Postmarks from private mailing machines are no longer acceptable.
    A 10 percent penalty will be added to late payments. Interest charges also will be assessed on outstanding balances in August and December.
    NO TAX BILL?
    If you don’t receive your tax bill by the first week of July, contact the treasurer’s office to request a new bill or to change your tax billing address. All address changes must be submitted in writing. Include your parcel number on all correspondence.
    Reach the treasurer’s office by:
    • Phone: 330-451-7814
    • Email: treasurer@co.stark.oh.us
    • Fax: 330-451-7815
    • Mail: Stark County Treasurer, 110 Central Plaza S, Suite 250, Canton, OH, 44702
    • In person: Second floor of the Stark County Office Building at Market Avenue and Tuscarawas Street in Canton from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
    Payments also can be made at any Stark County branch of FirstMerit and Huntington banks.
    TAX BILL FAQ
    Q. When are the second half tax payments due?  
    A. Real estate tax payments are due July 17 to avoid penalty and interest charges. Payments for manufactured home taxes are due by July 31.
    Page 2 of 2 - Q. Where should I mail my payment?
    A. Mail real estate payments along with the bottom portion of the tax bill to: Stark County Treasurer, P.O. Box 24815, Canton, Ohio 44701-4815. Include your parcel number and amount on your payment.
    If you are sending your payment after the due date, mail it to Stark County Treasurer, 110 Central Plaza S, Suite 250, Canton, OH 44702.
    All manufactured home tax payments should be mailed to Stark County Treasurer, 110 Central Plaza S, Suite 250, Canton, OH 44702.
    Q. Which banks will accept my real estate tax payment?
    A. The Stark County branches of FirstMerit and Huntington banks.
    Q. I received a tax bill, but normally it goes to my escrow agent. Why did I get the bill?
    A. Check to make sure what you received is not a courtesy duplicate copy of your tax bill. The second half tax bill contains areas that are blue. If you did receive a tax bill, contact your escrow agent and ask them to fax the correct mailing address information to 330-451-7815.
    Q. Will I receive a stamped receipt if I pay my taxes by mail?
    A. Your canceled check will serve as your receipt. If paying on multiple parcels, include a breakdown by parcel and amount with your payment.
    Q. I use the office’s prepayment program, when will the payment be reflected in my account?
    A. July 10, and it will serve as your fifth and final debit to pay off your second half 2012 taxes. The prepayment for the first half of 2013 will begin Sept. 16 (no August debit).
    To enroll in the prepayment program, call 330-451-7824 to see if you qualify.
    Q. My payments are automatically deducted each month from my account, when will this payment be reflected in my account?
    A. July 10, and it will pay off your second half 2012 property taxes. The first withdrawal for your first half 2013 taxes will begin Sept. 16 (no August withdrawal).
     
    NUMBERS TO KNOW
    Tax payments: 330-451-7814
    Agricultural property: 330-451-7328 or 330-451-7294
    Homestead exemptions for property owners aged 65 years or older or totally and permanently disabled: 330-451-7323
    Property values: 330-451-7085
    Tax liens: 330-451-7493
    Prepayments and automatic debit withdrawal: 330-451-7824
    Manufactured-home taxes: 330-451-7819
    Online: Find information about tax bills at the Stark County Treasurer’s website at www.starktaxes.com and information about property values at the Stark County Auditor’s website at www.starkcountyohio.gov/auditor.