Paying Their Taxes

People lined up in December outside the county collector's office to pay their real estate and personal property taxes before the Dec. 31 deadline.

As the skeletons and pumpkins of Halloween are packed away, Franklin County residents got another scare last week as tax bills began arriving in their mailboxes.

According to county Collector Linda Emmons, property and personal property tax bills were mailed by the county on Friday, Nov. 2, and if they haven’t reached mailboxes yet, they are coming.

We mailed out 70,257 bills for real estate taxes,” Emmons said. “There were an additional 44,550 personal property tax bills.”

Emmons said as of Monday, her office received a lot of phone calls and numerous people had already been in to pay their bills. 

“We received approximately 294 payments Monday,” Emmons said. “That is an increase of over 200 payments compared to last year.”

Residents will have until Dec. 31 to pay their tax bills to avoid interest and penalties. 

Emmons shared some advice for payments this year.  

“If you plan on mailing your taxes into the office, I suggest that you have them postmarked no later than Dec. 29, 2018,” Emmons said. “Dec. 31, 2018, falls on a Monday this year and not all post offices work all day on Dec. 31. Some mail is not postmarked until Jan. 2, 2019.”

Emmons suggests not mailing from your home on the 31st or dropping the tax payments in mailboxes.

“In the outer parts of the cities and county, not all mail is picked up on the 31st of December,” Emmons said. “Play it safe and mail a little early to make certain you have the correct postmark and avoid being returned for a late payment and being charged interest and penalties.”

The Franklin County administration building will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas. It will reopen on Dec. 26 at 8 a.m. The office also will be open on Dec. 31 until 4 p.m. The office will be closed on Jan. 1, 2019.

Charges 

In all, the county sent out tax bills totaling $120,159,705.59.

Charges are as follows:

• 2018 Real Estate Taxes — $84,655,115.94,

• 2018 Personal Property Charges — $21,214,989.07,

• 2018 Railroad and Utility Taxes — $14,289,600.98.