Property Taxes Due October 15

Stearns County residents are reminded that the deadline to pay second half property taxes is fast approaching.

The second half of the 2013 real estate tax is due and payable on Tuesday, October 15, 2013. This is the last day to pay the second half without penalty. The Agricultural Property tax deadline line is November 15, 2013.

To make paying taxes more convenient, Stearns County has several payment options.

Taxes can be paid online on Stearns County’s website at www.co.stearns.mn.us.  A link can be found on the home page. Online payments can be completed with E-Check or credit card.

Residents can set up ACH payment plans. These payments are automatically deducted from a checking or savings account. Payments are spread over either a quarterly or 10-month period. This saves time and there’s no check to write.  It helps meet payment commitments in a convenient and timely manner.  No lost or misplaced statements.  There are no late charges.  It saves on postage.  It’s easy to sign up for and easy to cancel.  Call (320)656-3870 and ask for the Direct Payment Plan.

Tax payments can also be made in person at either the Stearns County Service Center in Waite Park, at 3301 County Road 138, about one block west of Mills Fleet Farm off 28th Avenue South or at the Treasurer’s Office in the Stearns County Administration Center at 705 Courthouse Square, Room 136 in downtown St. Cloud.  Offices are open Monday through Friday.  The Treasurer’s Office in downtown is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  License Center West is open from 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.

If the payment is mailed, it must be postmarked by the post office no later than October 15th to avoid penalties.  State law does not allow any exceptions.  Penalty rate information is shown on the reverse side of the tax statements.  To ensure proper credit, return the stub portion of the tax statement along with a check or money order.

Property owners in Stearns County can sign up to receive tax statements and Truth in Taxation Notices by email. To get started, go to the Stearns County website and fill out the online electronic statement request form.

For questions, contact the Treasurer’s Office at 320-656-3870 or by e-mail at taxes@co.stearns.mn.us.

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