All Stearns County residents are reminded that the deadline to pay the first half of their 2013 property taxes is fast approaching. The first half of the 2013 real estate tax is due and payable by Wednesday, May 15, 2013. This is the last day to pay the first half without penalty.
To make paying taxes more convenient, Stearns County has several payment options.
• Residents can pay their property taxes online on Stearns County’s website at co.stearns.mn.us. Taxes can be paid online with either E-Check or credit card.
• ACH payment plans are available. Payments are automatically deducted from a checking or savings account. This spreads payments out over either a quarterly or 10-month period. It saves time and there’s no check to write. No lost or misplaced statements and payments are always on time. There are no late charges. It saves on postage. It’s easy to sign up for, and easy to cancel. Call (320)
656-3870, and ask for the Direct Payment Plan.
Tax payments can be made in person at either the Stearns County Service Center in Waite Park, at 3301 County Road 138, about one block west of Mills Fleet Farm off 28th Avenue South, or downtown St. Cloud at the Treasurer’s Office in the Stearns County Administration Center at 705 Courthouse Square, Room 136. Offices are open Monday through Friday. The Treasurer’s Office in downtown is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
License Center West is open
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., with a drive-through window that can be used to drop off payments.
When mailing a tax payment, it must be postmarked by the post office, not a private postage meter machine, no later than May 15, in order to avoid penalties. State law does not allow any exceptions. Penalty rate information is shown on the reverse side of the tax statements. To ensure proper credit, the stub portion of the tax statement must be mailed along with a check or money order.
Residents can now sign up for paperless statements. To receive tax statements by email instead of mail delivery, sign up on the
Stearns County web site at co.stearns.mn.us. Go to the Property & Roads tab at the top of the page and then click on Request an Electronic Property Tax Statement in the blue box in the middle of the page.