New options available for county property tax payments
by Molly Marcello
The Times-Independent
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Property tax bills are due by the end of November, and Grand County Treasurer Chris Kauffman says there are many different options for residents to pay their bill.

“No one likes to pay property taxes,” Kauffman said. “It’s my job to make it as convenient and painless as possible.”

In addition to mailing, calling and physically dropping off the payment, Kaufmann said there are electronic options including “eCheck payments” and a new “Auto Bill Pay” feature.

Residents can either enter their parcel number online to make a single payment, or they can sign up for a new automatic withdrawal system.

“There’s two different options on the auto bill pay, you can do it on a monthly basis, then there’s the annual option where it pays your full amount Nov. 15 every year,” Kauffman said. “There’s always been electronic options, but the difference on the auto bill pay, it knows how much you owe.”

Although only “twenty-ish folks” are signed up for the new automatic withdrawal system, Kauffman is hopeful that if more taxpayers sign up it could increase efficiencies and convenience for residents.

“Not only does it help [the Grand County Treasurer’s Office] not having to open an envelope and enter it manually into our system, but you also don’t have people forgetting to pay,” Kauffman said. “It’ll help that collection rate which saves everybody money.”

County documents indicate that the collection rate has increased over the past several years. Collections rose from 92 percent in 2012 to more than 94 percent in 2016, and back-tax collection increased from approximately 30 percent in 2012 to 80 percent in 2016.

According to Kauffman, the Grand County Treasurer’s Office has made efforts to communicate with taxpayers about the back taxes that they owe, which he says has contributed to the better collections rate.

“If you’re caught up on your back taxes, it makes it a lot easier to pay your current years’ tax,” Kauffman said. “That’s what really helps the collection rate.”

As the collection rate increases, Kauffman said it places “downward pressure” on the overall tax rate.

Although an increase in collections does not necessarily mean the tax rate would lower, Kauffman notes that better collections in general “translate directly into fewer taxes being billed.”

Kauffman encourages taxpayers to visit the Grand County Treasurer’s website, available at grandcountyutah.net/138/Treasurer.

He said a feature on the website, called “tax information search” allows residents to easily search for their name, plat map and tax notices.

“The tax search site has made a giant difference for us,” Kauffman said.

Property tax bills are due by Nov. 30. For more information, visit the website or call the Grand County Treasurer’s Office at 435-259-1337.

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