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Final drive for tax collections

The Madera County Tax Collector’s office is initiating the final drive for collections of taxes owed the county, and all entities they collect for, in preparation for the fiscal year-end closing on June 30.

“We are working very diligently to collect all of the valid taxes due,” said Madera County Tax Collector Tracy Kennedy-Desmond. “In regards to delinquent unsecured taxes, we only have a limited time to affect collection,” stated Tracy Kennedy-Desmond. “This is one of the unpopular parts of my position. Collecting valid taxes is of course expected of me, but if we are trying to collect taxes when the taxpayer thinks they have received a tax bill that is not valid or they have closed their business, we understand it can be a very emotional situation.”

Tax bills are created through an assessed valuation placed on their property, either secured property or unsecured personal property, by the Madera County Assessor. The taxes levied from these rolls are based on the value of the property.

If a taxpayer has received a collection notice on a particular unsecured tax bill, but has questions on the valuation or needs to report the closure of their business, then they need to contact the assessor’s office to have them do the appropriate research. If there is an assessed value out there that has created a tax bill, the tax collector’s office must go forward as if that is a valid and collectible tax bill until the taxpayer or the assessor notifies the the tax collector’s office. The assessor’s office can be contacted at (559) 675-7710.

Any taxes that are due on June 30, must be postmarked by that date and sent into the tax collector’s office to avoid additional penalties. The tax collector office is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached by calling (559) 675 -7713. Property owners can also view their property tax information online at madera-county.com/treasurer.

- Madera County Tax Collector’s Office

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