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December 28, 2012

Rush is on to pay property taxes

NORMAN — While most of us pay property taxes a little at a time each month when mailing in a mortgage check, some people will need to make an annual payment directly to the Cleveland County Treasurer’s Office. Taxes for the current year are due by the end of December but can be broken down into two payments if the first payment is made on time.

Cleveland County Treasurer Jim Reynolds said more than 70 percent of Cleveland County’s property taxes are paid by the mortgage companies and most taxpayers won’t have to make those payments.

“The mortgage companies will get it taken care of,” he said. “If you have an escrow with a mortgage company, the bill you received from us is for your information only.”

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.

Property taxes can be paid by mail, by phone, online or in person at the treasurer’s office in the Cleveland County Office Building, 201 S. Jones Ave. The courthouse will be open Monday, then will be closed Tuesday, New Year’s Day.

As long as checks are dated Dec. 31 and postmark dates are Dec. 31, the property tax will be considered paid on time if received through the mail, Reynolds said. People can divide the payment into two parts but must pay no less than half of the tax amount.

“If they’re attempting to make half payments, they must make sure, to the penny, that it’s at least half. That’s state law,” Reynolds said.

“If their total is an odd amount like 35 cents, they need to round it up to the higher penny,” Chief Deputy Mona Nelson said. “Our software system won’t even accept it at the lower amount.”

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