In county finance, responsibility for the financial decision making is divided between the Auditor and Treasurer. The Treasurer is the cash manager, functioning in a manner similar to a banker. This separation of power provides a system of checks and balances and streamlines operations. As cash manager, the Treasurer collects all cash received by the county. The Treasurer's Office makes all deposits. All county expenditures are made by warrant of the County Auditor to the County Treasurer. The Treasurer redeems warrants when presented by the bank. All transactions processed are posted by fund to the Treasurer's records. Bank activity of the treasury is balanced with the depository on a daily basis. The Treasurer provides evidence of this reconciliation to the Auditor on a daily basis to ascertain that both offices' records are in agreement. The Treasurer is the chief investment officer of the county. The goal of investing public money is to protect the public money while trying to maximize returns using eligible investments purchased from eligible depositories in compliance with the law. A primary duty of the County Treasurer is the role of tax collector. The Treasurer keeps a detailed record of the collection status of each real estate parcel. Information regarding the daily and cumulative year-to-date tax collections by taxing district is compiled.
The County Treasurer collects real estate tax, personal property tax, manufactured home tax, cigarette license fees, vendor license fees, and estate taxes. The Treasurer is a member of the following:
- County Budget Commission
- Board of Revision
- Investment Advisory Board
- Data Processing Board
Payment Plans and Prepayments
Hard times can fall on any one of us. If you are having financial problems and have not been able to pay your taxes, a monthly payment plan may help you. Real estate and manufactured home payment plans set up for a period of 2.5 years (30 months) are available for property owners who own their home, owe back taxes and have not previously defaulted on a payment plan. The payment plan contract requires that upcoming yearly tax bills remain current while monthly payments are made on past due taxes. This allows the property owner the opportunity to avoid further penalties. Also, interest is deferred as long as the property owner has made all payments pursuant to the delinquent tax contract.
If you are not past due on your taxes, we accept full or partial payment at any time to be applied toward your upcoming taxes.