MADERA – “It’s that time of year again,” reports Tracy Kennedy, Madera County Treasurer-Tax Collector. “We have just begun the tax season by printing and mailing our property tax bills.”
Over 56,000 tax bills were mailed out, representing over $178 million in property taxes. The various bond charges and direct charges for each area are included on the tax bills.
Tax bills are also available online, says Kennedy.
“By accessing our webpage, the taxpayer can select an option to view and/or pay their tax bill. This service allows the user to search for the property either by assessment number or by street address.
“For privacy purposes the owner name will not be shown on the screen. We have taken credit card payments and e-check payments for years as a convenience to the taxpayer, but this service option will really provide value to both the taxpayers and my staff.”
Kennedy also reminds taxpayers that e-checks are FREE!
“While there is still a convenience fee attached to online tax payments with credit card, once again this year, we are waiving the e-check fee as a cost of doing business and in order to encourage taxpayers to use this method of payment.
“The beauty of our e-check feature is that you can pay multiple tax bills with one check and it is free! This service option will allow taxpayers to access their tax bill and to make payments via the website from any computer or mobile device.”
To pay by e-check, please go to the website www.maderacounty.com/treasurer, click on “Pay by e-check,” accept the terms and then follow the prompts.
The bulk of the tax bills were mailed out the week of Oct. 8. If taxpayers do not receive their tax bill by Nov. 1, they are urged to contact the office at (559) 675-7713 so that a duplicate tax bill can be issued.