Cleveland County Treasurer Jim Reynolds and his staff have initiated the distribution of annual tax statements to property owners in Cleveland County. While Reynolds and his team do not determine property tax rates or assign property values, under state law they are tasked with collecting those bills each year.
“The good news is the vast majority of property taxes are paid by the mortgage company,” Reynolds said. “State law requires a statement be mailed to taxpayer’s last known address, whether you or the mortgage company makes the payments.”
For those without a mortgage, there are various convenient payment methods available. Payments can be made online, through the mail, at the drop box outside the Cleveland County Courthouse, or in-person at the Treasurer’s Office.
Given that the holiday season is the peak period for the U.S. postal system, Reynolds suggests making payments early, if possible.
“My best advice for this season is to pay early and steer clear of those lengthy lines and possible mail delays,” he said. “And, if you want to pay in-person the last day our office will be open to accept payments this year is Friday, Dec. 29.”
The Treasurer’s Office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except holidays. Current taxes may be paid in full or in part, however at least half must be paid by Dec. 31 to avoid delinquency. The second half will be due by March 31.
Reynolds cautions people that if they’ve had a change of address or for some other reason do not receive their tax statement, state law requires taxpayers to pay all taxes even if a statement is never received, without exception. O.S. Title 68, Section 2913.
To learn more about property taxes or for further instructions and information about payment methods please visit the Cleveland County Treasurer’s website at www.clevelandcountytreasurer.org.
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