Real Estate Tax Information
Annually the Board of County Supervisors sets a County-wide tax rate, and special district tax rates. The special district taxes levy funds for the operations of volunteer fire and rescue companies, storm water management programs, solid waste management programs, and other public services that are requested by property owners to be funded through special real property levies.
The tax rate is expressed in dollars per one hundred dollars of assessed value. For example, a total tax rate of $1.2562 for a property assessed at $300,000 dollars is calculated as:
($300,000 / 100) x $1.2562 = $3,768.60
The total real estate tax amount is paid in two installments. The first-half real estate taxes are due July 15, and the second-half taxes are due December 5, as shown on the tax calendar.
Also billed on the real estate tax bills is the special district tax for the gypsy moth abatement program. This tax is based on property value and is billed on the first-half and second-half tax bills.
The County also levies a supplemental real estate tax on newly-constructed improvements completed after the beginning of the year.
Most homeowners pay real estate taxes through their mortgage services company. The County, therefore, bills and collects tax payments directly from mortgage services companies. Occasionally, the billing information on file is incorrect, and a real estate tax bill that should be sent to a mortgage company is mailed to a property owner. If your escrow real estate tax payment is with your mortgage services company, and you receive a real estate tax bill; please forward the bill to your mortgage company so they can make the payment on your behalf. Payment from mortgage services companies should be sent directly to the County.