MEDINA COUNTY, OHIO – Medina County Treasurer John Burke announced homeowners should receive their 2nd half real estate tax bills in the mail within the week of June 12th. Treasurer Burke also unveiled a new mobile connection that allows taxpayers to make tax payments and access tax information from their smart phones.
This new way of paying real estate taxes is faster, easier, more convenient and private according to Treasurer Burke. It provides an easy connection to the Medina County Treasurer’s website via a smart phone, and no mobile app needs to be down loaded. “It is safe and secure, it actually sets up a private session each time a taxpayer accesses our highly secure web browser,” Burke explained.
The use of smart phones to access information and pay bills is a growing trend. Burke noted that in a recent survey over 80% of mobile phones are now smartphones, and 46% of those users make mobile payments from their devices. The largest group of users of this technology is those under 35 years of age. “Striving to provide a higher level of service to taxpayers is a top priority in my office,” said Burke. “And mobile tax payments help achieve that goal.”
The Medina County Treasurer’s Office is one of only six counties in Ohio to adopt the new technology for making tax payments. “We actually tested it this year in January and had $204,000 in real estate taxes paid using this new mobile connection,” said Burke.
All the information on the County Treasurer’s website is available through the taxpayer’s mobile device. For example, tax payment history, actual tax bill, taxing information and payment options are accessible from any mobile device. If taxpayers have questions about this new payment method, they can contact the Treasurer’s office by calling 330-725-9748.
Taxpayers can also make tax payments with their credit card or PayPal account. A standard 2.25% fee is charged by the vendor. Visit our website at medinacountytreasurer.com to make online payments. Electronic checks may be used to pay tax bills for a small fee of 50 cents.
Treasurer Burke noted there were 68,109 tax bills printed for the 2nd half 2016 collection. The due date for payment will be July 14, 2017. Taxpayers mailing their tax payment must have it postmarked by the due date. For customer convenience, the Treasurer’s Office will be open late until 6 pm on the due date of July 14th. You will need to present your entire tax bill at time of payment. Checks, cash or credit cards – Visa, MasterCard, Discover – are accepted over the counter. American Express is not. A convenience fee will be assessed by the vendor.
Tax payments which are mailed MUST be postmarked no later than the July 14th due date to avoid a 5% penalty; payments made after July 24th will be assessed a 10% penalty.
If you do not receive your real estate tax bill within two weeks, Treasurer Burke suggests that you call his office at 330-725-9748.