ABOUT THE OFFICE
The County Treasurer is an elected constitutional officer with a four- year term whose primary function is to collect taxes certified by the County Assessor from the assessment valuations placed on real estate, personal property, and public utilities in the County.
After collection, the Treasurer disburses the monies to county cities, towns and schools according to budgets approved by the County Excise Board. The County Treasurer is the official custodian of all funds for the County and Treasurer for schools and vo-tech institutions that do not have their own treasurer.
All warrants and vouchers for all County departments are registered and maintained through the Treasurer's office.
Tax collections are balanced on a daily, monthly, and year-to-date basis, which allows the investment of funds to be made with more accuracy. All special assessments, such as weed abatement or mowing assessments, are originally assessed by cities and towns in the County then are certified to the County Treasurer for collection after they have become delinquent. They are placed as a lien on the real estate property account of the taxpayer.
The Treasurer's office also manages County-owned property acquired at the annual sale of real estate for delinquent taxes. The treasurer also may sell these properties, upon approval of the Board of County Commissioners.
GENERAL TAX INFORMATION
ASSESSMENT VALUE NOTIFICATION
The Major County Assessor determines property values. If you have any questions concerning your assessment, please contact the County Assessor's Office at 580-227-4821.
If you are a new owner of property in Major County, contact the County Assessor's office with the correct mailing address for the tax statement before September 30th. They will certify property owner accounts to our office between October 1st and October 15 for the current tax year.
If your mortgage company is responsible for payment of your real estate taxes, as soon as we receive payment and post to your account, it will reflect paid on our web site. Most mortgage companies use a third party tax service company. This means your mortgage company remits payment to the tax service company who in turn submits payment to us for all mortgage companies they service. If your tax does not show paid and your mortgage company states they remitted payment for your taxes, most likely the payment went to a tax service company.
Failure to receive a statement is not a legal reason for waving interest. The Treasurer must assess interest on all delinquent payments at a rate of 18% per year, added monthly on the 16th day of each month, at a rate of 1.5%.
Property tax may be paid in full or in two equal payments. The 1st half or the full amount must be paid (postmark okay if mailed) by December 31st or the tax becomes delinquent. We cannot accept first half payments after December 31st. If you choose to pay the first half payment by December 31st, the last half is due on March 31st (postmark okay if mailed).
* If an individual parcel total tax due is less then Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00), it must be paid in full by December 31st*
The County Treasurer's office makes every efforts on behalf of taxpayers and other users to insure the most current and accurate information is posted on it's website. However, because the information posted on the website can never be as accurate and current as information conveyed by members of the County Treasurer's staff via telephone or in-person inquiry. The Treasurer's Office is not responsible for errors or omissions set forth in information conveyed on the website, nor does any such mistake constitute a waiver of tax due.