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County treasurer reminding that tax deadline approaching

Madison County Treasurer, Chris Slusser, is reminding taxpayers that the final installment of their real-estate tax bill is coming due.

“With the due date quickly approaching, I want to remind everyone that the fourth and final tax installment will be due Wednesday, Dec. 9,” Slusser said. “Remember, there are many ways to pay. We are encouraging taxpayers to utilize alternative methods, rather than in person, this year- including our new option of paying by phone at 1-844-919-4300.”

Slusser reminds taxpayers of all payment options: at one of the participating collector banks or credit unions throughout the county, by mail, through your financial institution’s online bill pay service, the treasurer’s website at, by phone, or  in person at the Treasurer’s Office in Edwardsville. With limited staff due to COVID 19, and social distancing guidelines in place, lines may  be experienced by those paying in person at the Treasurer’s Office.

“No penalty will be applied for payments mailed and postmarked by the due date,” he said. “I would encourage taxpayers to take a payment inside the post office to have it postmarked if they are planning to mail it on the actual due date. Mail collected from drop boxes is often not locally postmarked, but sent to a distribution center in St. Louis, which can take an extra day.”

“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 that includes information indicating exactly where their tax dollars are spent, upcoming due dates and available payment options.

For more information or questions contact the Treasurer’s Office at (618) 692-6260.

PHOTO: County Treasurer Chris Slusser.

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