We understand and share the public’s anxiety and concern about the impacts of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. However, County Tax Collectors cannot change the April 10th deadline for the Second Installment of Property Taxes because the delinquency date of Friday, April 10, 2020 is established for all Counties by State law. Furthermore, critical county services, school and local financial obligations are dependent on those scheduled revenues to provide vital services. Therefore, those that are able to make the payment timely should do so.
If payment is not made by the delinquent date, a 10% penalty and costs will apply, and if still not paid by July 1, 2020, interest will begin to accrue at a rate of 1.5% per month until paid. However, we understand the severe impact of this pandemic on the community. Therefore, for those that are impacted directly, either physically or financially, cancellation of penalty requests can be made to the Tax Collector for late payment of the April 10, 2020 installment.
These requests will be determined on a case by case basis and must have documentation substantiating the circumstances resulting in the nonpayment of taxes. The documentation must include evidence indicating a COVID-19 related hardship such as: being under quarantine during the April 10th due date, diagnosed and ill or caring for a diagnosed and ill person, loss of employment or the closure of a personal business due to the pandemic.
Within 90 days following the delinquent date, payment of the base tax amount, documentation and a Cancellation of Penalty Request Form found here need to be mailed to the address on the form. Upon receipt of the cancel penalty request package and the conclusion of our review, our office may cancel penalties, cost and interest that have accrued.