County receives over-payments

December 31, 2013 

According to Madera County Treasurer-Tax Collector Tracy Kennedy Desmond, Madera County collected more than $79 million in property taxes, mostly from first installments and some second installments.

Kennedy Desmond said her department completed posting all of the Dec. 10, mail and payments by Dec. 20.

"What was time consuming this year was that we received an inordinate amount of over-payments," said Kennedy Desmond. "hundreds of taxpayers mistakenly paid their first installments including penalties. Our tax bill format has not changed, so we are unsure why the large amounts of over-payments were made. We will have to process a refund for each over-payment, so if you think you overpaid your taxes, you will not receive a refund until after Jan. 20."

Kennedy Desmond also said her department also had an unusually large amount of walk in traffic during this deadline. On Monday and Tuesday Dec. 9, and Dec. 10, over 2,700 property tax transactions were handled from over the counter transactions, representing more than $3 million in payments.

"That is walk-in traffic only and does not include any mail," Kennedy Desmond said.

Of the $79 million collected in property taxes, more than 85% will be apportioned to the various Madera County School Districts and the two cities, Madera and Chowchilla.

Many taxpayers took advantage of paying their taxes with a credit card, as nearly 1,000 transactions totaling over $1.3 million dollars in tax payments were processed.

"Many people chose this payment option even though a convenience fee is charged to the credit card holder," Kennedy Desmond said.

The next tax deadline is April 10. Payments must be postmarked by April 10 to avoid penalties.

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