Tax Bill Information:
Tax bills are mailed on or soon after November 1. The first half is due by December 20 and the second half is due the following May 10. If the first half is not paid by then, it begins to accrue interest at 8% per annum. If the first half of personal property taxes are not paid by December 20, then they become due in full.
Escrow Payment Plan:
The Morris County Treasurer has formally instituted a program whereby any taxpayer may make monthly payments to a tax escrow account. You need to come to the Treasurer’s Office to sign up for this option.
This program is designed for any taxpayer to make 12 monthly payments in order to spread his/her tax liability throughout the year as opposed to the two large payments. Monthly payments will be set by using an estimate on the previous year’s taxes.
· Please be certain your tax statements include only your property. Morris County is not responsible if taxes are not paid on correct properties.
· Full year tax is owed on all personal property owned as of January 1 of the tax year. Kansas law makes no provision for pro-ration. (Except for trucks with tag weight of 16,000 lbs and over and boats.)
· Make checks payable to the Morris County Treasurer. Please include the appropriate stub from your tax statement showing whether it is 1st half or 2nd half/full payment. You will receive a receipt by mail.
· If you have an escrow account for your real estate taxes with a mortgage company, the mortgage company should receive the tax statement. If you do receive the tax statement instead of the mortgage company, we ask you to forward it to the mortgage company so they can pay taxes from the escrow account. We also ask you to have your current mortgage company notify the County Treasurer’s office so that we can get the correct billing information from them. Mortgage companies are required by Federal law to make half payments, so they will be paying the taxes on or before December 20 and on or before May 10. Past due notices are sent to the homeowner, not the escrow agent. If you get a notice, you will need to notify your escrow agent and have them contact the County Treasurer’s office.
Pay your taxes on line at http://www.kansas.gov/propertytax. You can use an electronic check or credit card. There is no charge for the electronic check service but you will need to have your statement number to sign in. This service is only available from December 1 to December 20 and from April 1 to May 10. Only current taxes may be paid using this method. The use of a credit card charges an additional 3.49% service fee. This fee goes to the credit card companies. MORRIS COUNTY DOES NOT RECEIVE ANY OF THIS FEE. Types of cards accepted are Master Card, Visa, Discover and American Express.
Real Estate Taxes:
After December 20th and before May 10th, the first half payment plus interest can be paid.
If payment is not made by May 10, the full tax plus interest must be paid. There is no longer the option of paying just the first half.
If taxes are due and unpaid for three years, the property is subject to a Tax Foreclosure suit by the County.
The property can then be sold at public auction. Anyone that has delinquent real estate taxes in the County cannot bid at these auctions.
Personal Property Taxes:
The first half must be paid by December 20th. After that date, the full the amount of personal property taxes are due, plus interest. Full unpaid personal property taxes are sent to the Sheriff for Collection in March. If the first half taxes are paid in December, the second half is due May 10th. If the second half remains unpaid after May 10th, then they are sent to the Sheriff for collection in June. If they remain unpaid, then they are filed at District Court as a lien against any real estate owned by the person and the list is published in the County designated newspaper.