News for Snowbirds
Some Medina County property owners leave Ohio in the winter for warmer climates. Commonly known as snowbirds, these taxpayers often have their mail forwarded from their primary Medina County residence to their winter home. In January, this probably includes such mail as your real estate tax bill.
If you are one of these snowbirds please be aware that forwarding mail takes additional time at the post office and this may delay the arrival of your real estate property tax bill.
First-half tax bills are usually mailed during January with a due date in early February. Ohio law states that the taxpayer is ultimately responsible for paying their real estate taxes on time, whether or not they receive a tax bill.
At the Treasurer’s Office, we are always trying to provide information and better customer service. Taxpayers have the ability to look up their real estate tax bill online and make payments on our website at medinacountytreasurer.com. If you are concerned that you have not received your tax bill in January, visit the website or call 330.725.9748 to check.
Options for Making Tax Payments
Online tax payments are easy, safe, fast and convenient. On our website, you can pay your tax bill anytime – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Just go online to the Treasurer’s website at medinacountytreasurer.com and click on the left hand tab “Search and Pay Taxes” to find your tax bill amount and payment options. You can also review your payment history and print receipts.
There are several online tax payment options from which to choose. You can pay by using e-check (electronic check) which allows homeowners to pay directly from their bank account at any time. There is a $0.50 fee paid to the vendor for using this option.
Taxpayers can also use their PayPal account or credit card. A fee of 2.25% is charged by the vendor for these options and the County does not receive any of the fees charged. MasterCard, Visa, Discover and American Express credit cards are accepted online. You can also pay with a credit card by phone by calling 888.607.8389. Be aware that American Express is not accepted over the phone.
There is also a “bill me later” option with PayPal that allows the tax bill amount to be paid on “PayPal credit.” There are no payments or interest charges if you pay it off in full within 6 months. The normal 2.25% fee does apply to using this option. We have seen many taxpayers use this option which allows them extra time to pay, avoiding missing the due date and the 10% late penalty charge.
Of course, taxpayers can always make their tax payments in person at the Treasurer’s Office located at 144 N. Broadway Street in Medina. Any payments made by mail must be postmarked by the due date. There are also four drop boxes for tax payments located outside of the County Administration Building in Medina, Wadsworth Municipal Building, Brunswick City Hall and Lodi Library. Remember to include your tax bill stub with your payment.
If you are late in paying your tax bill and are assessed a late penalty fee by the Auditor, you may be able to get it removed by filing a Remission of Penalty form. This form can be obtained and filed at our Treasurer’s Office.
If you have any questions about your tax bill you may call the Treasurer’s Office at 330.725.9748 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.