What do I do if I did not receive my tax bill?
Immediately contact the Treasurer’s office to receive a copy of your bill and contact the Supervisor of Assessments office if there needs to be changes made on owner and/or address. Failure to receive your bill does not excuse you from your timely obligation.
Who do I make the check to?
Make your check payable to the Fulton County Collector.
What do I do with the tax bill if my mortgage company is to pay?
Payments by most mortgage companies are made electronically. The bill was mailed to you for your information as owner. Check your assessment and that you are receiving your exemptions. Make sure that the mortgage company has paid your bill to avoid your taxes being offered for sale in October.
What are my payment options?
Read the back of your bill or go to this site under Real Estate Tax Payment Options.
How do I change my address on my bill?
Contact the Supervisor of Assessments office.
I just purchased this property. Am I responsible to pay these taxes?
Your closing statement will show who is liable for paying the taxes. If you are not, and are the new owner, make sure the seller gets a copy of the bill and pays them to avoid the tax being sold. If the tax is sold, a lien is attached to the property.
Can I pre-pay my taxes?
Prepayments will only be allowed December 1-31. Postmark is accepted as being timely. Contact the Collector’s office for tax prepayment calculations before mailing your check.
Can I make partial payments?
Partial payments are not accepted. Only a full installment or both installments may be paid.
Can I pay for multiple parcels with one check?
Yes, you may but be sure to include all the payment stubs for the installment you are paying.
Will you send me a receipt if I pay by mail?
Your cancelled check is your receipt. If you include a stamped, addressed envelope we will mail you a receipt.
Why is “Pension” on my tax bill so many times?
State Statutes now require that the employer’s portion of the levy for pension be broken out from the total levy. Years ago only the total levy for each taxing body was listed.
What happens if I can’t pay my taxes?
State Statutes direct the Collector in delinquent tax collections. Law provides that all taxes not paid before or on due date shall have interest added at the rate of 1 1/2% per month or part of month until paid or sold. After the second installment due date, a cost of $10 per parcel will be added to cover certified mailing and delinquent publications. If tax, interest or costs remain unpaid application will then be made to the County Circuit Court for Judgment and Order of Sale against the property. If sold, tax sale costs and interest will be added. Interest will increase every six months or fraction thereof by the initial interest awarded at the tax sale. By law, tax sale interest rate bids start at 18% per 6 months and bid downward to the lowest bid. A lien is then placed on the property until taxes are redeemed. Sold tax redemption is made at the County Clerk’s office.
Did I get the exemptions I qualify for?
Contact the Supervisor of Assessments for all exemption questions.
My tax bill is too high. Is it correct?
Contact the Supervisor of Assessments for all assessment questions.
What can I do if I don’t agree with my assessment?
Contact the Supervisor of Assessments for information on filing a complaint on your assessment with the Board of Review. If that is not acceptable, you may file a complaint with the Property Tax Appeal Board in Springfield, OR file a protest through the Fulton County Court system. As directed by law, each of these steps must be completed within specific time frames.
Why am I paying so much for each taxing body?
Taxing bodies adopt levy ordinances that are used in calculating your tax bill. Most levies are limited by law. The County Clerk uses the levies to calculate tax rates. Contact the County Clerk with questions concerning levies.
Where can I get an aerial photo of my property?
The GIS system is maintained in the office of the Supervisor of Assessments.
Where can I get a copy of my property record card?
Contact the Supervisor of Assessments office for copies.