First half real estate tax payments are due Feb. 17, according to Summit County Fiscal Officer Kristen M. Scailse.

The bills have been sent to homeownder beginning Jan. 13 and the closing date is Feb. 17, with the exception of military personnel. Property taxes are deferred for military reservists who are on active duty.

Payments can be made in these ways:

- In person: Payments can be made at the Summit County Fiscal Office, Treasurers Divisino, third floor of the Ohio Building, 175 St. Main St., Akron. Office hours are 7:30 am. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

- By mail: Payments need to be postmarked by Feb. 17 to avoid a 10 percent late-fee penalty. A private meter is not valid for establishing the date of payment.

- At banks that 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.

- Online or by phone: Tax bills can be paid online or by phone through a secure payment service provided by Official Payments Corporation. Taxpayers will need their parcel number on-hand. A nominal service fee will be charged by Official Payments Corporation. To pay taxes online or by phone, go to http://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/index.php/on-line-tax-payments.

- At a MoneyGram location: In person cash payments can be made through MoneyGram, a payment service offered at 35,000 locations nationwide. MoneyGram provides guaranteed same-day transactions. A service fee will be charged by Official Payments Corporation. To locate a MoneyGram center, visit www.OfficialPayments.com/locate or call 1-800-MoneyGram.

The Tax Installment Program (TIP) 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 in the TIP. To be eligible, all taxes and assessments must be current. The deadline to sign up is February 17, 2017, also the last day to pay first half 2016 real estate taxes.  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.