By Wayne Gates
The second half property tax collection numbers in Brown County are in.
The overall total from 2018 is very close to last years total. The total collections for this year were $29,019,358.52. In 2017, $29,324,029.06 was collected.
Brown County Treasurer Connie Patrick said that another $200,000 or so has already been collected in late payments, making the year to year totals very close.
She added that one trend she is seeing is fewer people coming into her office to pay.
“As far as payments go, we seemed to have more people paying on payment plans or paying online or at our local banks, so we didn’t have as many people in the office this year,” Patrick said.
Approximately $4 million is still out in delinquent tax assessments, according to Patrick.
“The delinquency rate is pretty much the same at around five percent. We have worked diligently to get those down, but it seems that every time you get one taken care of, another one comes along,” she said.
One trend Patrick is seeing is fewer people coming into her office to pay.
“As far as payments go, we seemed to have more people paying on payment plans or paying online or at our local banks, so we didn’t have as many people in the office this year,” she said.
Now that the payment deadline is past, Patrick said that taxpayers who still owe have options to get things back on track.
“You are permitted to make partial payments,” she said.
“You need to come to the office or send us a payment through the mail or online. The late penalty is a one time ten percent assessment of the amount due.”
Patrick said that past payment history and other factors are taken into account to determine payment options for individual taxpayers.
“If they have delinquent taxes, we have a formal payment plan that will allow them to pay a portion toward their delinquency, plus pay a portion to their current tax over the next six months,” she said.
Patrick said that if a taxpayer is current on their payments, they have the option of making monthly payments into an escrow account instead of paying all at once.
Whatever the reason for a delinquency, Patrick said “There are options available, so don’t ignore the issue. Please call us so we can see what we can do in your particular case.”
The following is a breakdown of county entities and the amount of money they will receive from the second half of 2018 property taxes. Just under seventy percent is going to local school districts.
County General Fund: $1,186,704.73
Brown County DD: $496,664.98
Brown County Senior Services: $113,670.95
Brown County Public Library: $204,607.69
Union Township Public Library: $79,569.66
Eastern LSD: $2,000,528.39
Fayetteville-Perry LSD: $1,083,250.92
Georgetown LSD: $1,260,087.90
Western Brown LSD: $2,344,967.39
Ripley LSD: $1,032,417.89
Southern Hills CTC: $999,330.10
Bethel Tate LSD: $7,244.58
Clermont NE LSD: $16,260.43
Williamsburg LSD: $22,940.65
Blanchester LSD: $8225.83
Lynchburg Clay LSD: $9914.29
Great Oaks JVS: $3,045.51
US Grant JVS: $3278.04
Aberdeen Village: $6672.52
Fayetteville Village: $27,028.84
Georgetown Village: $72,478.43
Hamersville Village: $5540.60
Higginsport Village: $20,704
Mt. Orab Village: $180,317.33
Ripley Village: $58,150.04
Russellville Village: $35,286.76
Sardinia Village: $21,966.39
Byrd Township: $32,429.20
Clark Township: $67,470.52
Eagle Township: $56,495.18
Franklin Township: $54,718.87
Green Township: $70,304.02
Huntington Township: $80,045.12
Jackson Township: $49,540.27
Jefferson Township: $29,690.93
Lewis Township: $71.160.78
Perry Township: $224,372.18
Pike Township: $72,618.03
Pleasant Township: $44,896.28
Scott Township: $34,964.27
Sterling Township: $130,828.04
Union Township: $22,539.06
Washington Township: $23,831.23