The 2010 tax bills will be mailed at the end of this week. May 10 is the due date for the first installment; the second installment is due November 10. Each bill has two pages. Page one is a remittance coupon; page two is a tax description summary. The remittance coupon has an “A” portion to accommodate the payment of the spring installment and a “B” portion to accommodate the payment of the fall installment. Both installments can be paid in the spring with one check if you desire to do so.
New this year, if you have a homestead credit on file in the auditor’s office, you will receive a third, rose-colored page in your billing known as a homestead verification form. You are required by law to fill this form out and return it to the Howard County Auditor’s Office. Questions regarding this form should be directed to 456-2215.
Special notices are also being sent to property owners paying taxes through an escrow account. These notices bear the message “DO NOT PAY – INFORMATION ONLY” on the front of the notice. The state legislators have mandated this information be sent in an effort to enlighten all taxpayers regarding their property tax and assessed value information.