|7/31/2020 12:00:00 PM|
Taxes back on track, penalty grace period done
If you held-off on paying your property tax when county commissioners gave you some extra time, extending the non-payment penalty deadline in light of Covid-19, you were part of a small crowd.
Checking with Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer Bridgitte Konrad the news is that the extended penalty trigger to July 16 delayed only about one half of one percent of the average first half payment receipts-- these are what didn’t arrive by mid-May. Not only that, but $1.04 million more in property tax revenues showed up by the extended trigger, July 15, versus last year.
Any property owners who failed to pay by the extended July 15 deadline are now subject to the normal penalties.
The later you are paying, the greater the penalty becomes. The penalty is a percentage of the amount of unpaid tax-- which starting August 1 will be six percent. September it goes to seven percent and in October add eight percent.
The second half of taxes (if you make two payments) is due October 15 and percentages for penalties start again.
Agricultural parcel payments are due November 15.
Manufactured or mobile home property tax is paid by August 31 with second half due by November 15; and there’s been no conversation by the County Board as yet if ag or mobile home due dates will be extended.
County Government Center service windows are open again, and citizens doing business are being asked to wear a mask and follow distancing directives.