Tracy Kennedy, Madera County Treasurer-Tax Collector, has reported that more than $82 million in property tax payments were collected and posted from the Dec. 10 property tax deadline, and all payments were posted and balanced by Dec. 17.
“That’s amazing given that we had a new electronic posting system that we had to become familiar with together with fairly new staff,” Kennedy said. “I’m so proud of them for handling both the heavy volume and the new processes. For the last month, we have had heavy walk in traffic and the telephones ringing constantly. To answer that volume of phone calls and wait on literally hundreds of taxpayers day after day and never skip a beat ... that’s customer service at its best.”
According to Kennedy, the majority of payments, about 63% or about 53,000 parcels, are made by mail, with another 20% paid through mortgage companies, and the balance paid with credit cards or in office transactions. Most payments were for the first installment, but more than 14,000 taxpayers paid both installments.
The next tax deadline is April 10, and all payments must be postmarked by that date to avoid penalties.
“We will be sending out reminder notices soon to those taxpayers that may have overlooked their tax payments,” Kennedy said.
Taxpayers can verify that their payments were posted to their account on the treasurer’s website: www.madera-county.com/treasurer. Follow the link and prompts at “View My Property Taxes” and your entire tax bill will be revealed together with your payment information.
Details: Madera County Tax Collector’s Office, (559) 675-7713.