Published on January 9, 2017.
–Belmont County Treasurer Katherine J. Kelich is continuing her efforts to modernize her office and to provide better service to tax payers. Treasurer Kelich announced the creation of “E-Bills.” E-Bills is simply the delivery of a property owner’s bi-annual Real Estate Tax Bill(s) via e-mail rather than through the mail. E-Bill provides for the faster delivery of tax bills to parcel owners at lower cost to the county by saving the costs of postage and paper.
“E-Bill is one of my many efforts since taking office to make paying property taxes both easier and more efficient for county tax payers,” Kelich explained. Tax bills are normally sent out in January and June each year, or four weeks prior to their due dates in February and July. Still, some tax payers do not receive their bills until much closer to the due date, most commonly due to postal forwarding orders.
“I know many people, especially retirees, vacation in the winter, and they often have issues with the post office forwarding their mail. Delays in delivery can result in late payments, which include penalties. E-Bill will help eliminate that problem,” Kelich said. E-Bill is specially designed to help during the first half collection in January.
Under Ohio law, the failure to receive a tax bill does not excuse the failure to pay it on time. Despite the law, Kelich said she wanted to take one more step to ensure that parcel owners receive their tax bill with as much time to pay as possible.
“Overall, I’ve worked hard to provide as many payment options as possible to help tax payers because I never forget how difficult it can be for some to make those payments,” said Kelich. Payment options currently include cash, check, credit card, debit card and e-check payments. However, there are fees associated with some of those payment options, the payment of which the County cannot make by law. As such, Kelich indicated that she is constantly attempting to negotiate better rates for tax payers, and she cited her success in reducing credit card payment fees from 2.95% down to 2.5% as an example. Kelich stated that she will continue to work to reduce fees for the public in the future, as well as the overall cost of collections for the county.
To learn more, or to subscribe to E-Bills, please contact the Treasurer’s Office, or follow the following links to download the enrollment forms.