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November 10, 2013

It’s time to pay property taxes

NORMAN — Property tax reminders will be showing up in Cleveland County mailboxes this week. The invoices began mailing on Nov. 6 — probably the earliest mail dates for the taxes in recent years.

“We had been working with the other offices to get that (early mailing) to happen,” said Cleveland County Treasurer Jim Reynolds. “Last year we didn’t get the bills out until the end of the month.”

Mona Nelson, chief deputy of the treasurer’s office, said getting the bills out earlier gives Cleveland County residents time to get their money together and allows staff to prepare to accept the taxes.

Tax bills are due Dec. 31 each year, but most people don’t have to worry about paying them.

“About 75 percent of the accounts are paid through the mortgage companies,” Reynolds said.

Those who don’t have a mortgage on their property or who have a note carried by a previous owner likely will have to pay the taxes.

“If there’s a question, they can contact their mortgage company or they can check our website to see if their taxes have been paid,” he said

The website, clevelandcountytreasurer.com, also allows property owners to pay taxes online, but processing fees set by the credit card companies do apply. That same blue tab will allow taxpayers to check on the payment status.

Those who mail in a payment can also check the website to see if those taxes have been posted. Reynolds said people can learn more about property taxes by clicking on the frequently asked questions, or FAQs, tab at the top of the page.

Residents who pay through their mortgage companies should be too concerned. Most mortgage companies are very reliable.

“A lot of the mortgage companies wait and don’t pay until toward the end of December, but mortgage companies get it done,” he said.

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