EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County Treasurer Chris Slusser said property owners should be receiving tax bills during the first week of June.
“With everyone’s busy summer schedules approaching, I want to remind taxpayers that the first of four tax installments will be due July 5,” Slusser said. “With kids sports in full swing, weddings and other important events it can be easy to forget.”
“Although the Treasurer’s Office serves as the county’s tax collector, it’s important to remember that the Treasurer’s Office doesn’t determine the amount that is billed,” Slusser said. Property tax bills are determined by four factors — the assessment, the equalization factor or ‘multiplier,’ the tax rate and any exemptions.” Each year taxpayers receive a bill which includes information indicating exactly where their tax dollars are spent, upcoming due dates, and available payment options.
Slusser said his office is set to mail tax bills on the more than 135,000 parcels this week.
Subsequent tax-bill due dates fall on the 5th of September, October and December.
County tax bills are designed to show taxpayers the exact breakdown of their overall bill. Slusser encourages those with questions to contact the office.
“The Treasurer’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30, with no appointment necessary,” he said. “We generally get very busy near the due dates, so it’s important to get payments in as quickly as possible in order to avoid the rush.”
Slusser said he would like to remind taxpayers they can “pay online, rather than in line.” He said taxpayers will still have the option of making an immediate payment using an electronic check or credit card at www.madcotreasurer.org, or they can set up the four installment payments using either method.
He said the overall equalized assessed valuation (EAV) in Madison County increased this year from $5.21 billion in tax year 2016 to $5.34 billion in tax year 2017.
A tax bill is calculated by multiplying the equalized assessed valuation (minus any exemptions) by the tax rates.
Taxpayers who signed up for the automatic deductions will be sent an email prior to the due date reminding them about the withdrawal from their bank account and what to do if they need to make changes. Changes may include banking or credit card information or to stop online payments altogether.
Taxpayers are reminded that when they change their address with the U.S. Postal Service that mail from the previous address is only forwarded for one year.
“It’s important for taxpayers to complete the department’s change of address form” Slusser said. “The law states a taxpayer is responsible for paying a bill regardless or not if they receive one. The fact is we want to make sure you do receive one.”
A change of address form is available online.
Taxpayers can also pay by mail, in person at the Treasurer’s Office, or at one of the more than 100 collector banks and credit unions.
Summary of payment options:
• Visit www.madcotreasurer.org to pay by eCheck or credit card.
• Mail payments to Madison County Treasurer, P.O. Box 849 (with coupon) or P.O. Box 729 (without coupon) Edwardsville, IL 62025
• In person, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Madison County Administration Building, Treasurer’s Office, Suite 125, Edwardsville
• More than 100 collector banks or credit unions. Tax coupons required.
• Online bill pay through your bank or credit union.
For questions or more information visit www.madcotreasurer.org or contact the Treasurer’s Office at (618) 692-6260.