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Tax Collection:

Tax bills are  mailed on or soon after November 1. The first half is due by December 20. If the first half is not paid by then, it begins to accrue interest. If the first half is paid by December 20, the last half will be due by May 10 of the following year. If your property taxes are  paid  out  of an escrow account, your  tax bill will  be sent  to the mortgage company or bank  that  handles your escrow account. If your  property value goes up, it does not necessarily mean you will pay more taxes. Likewise, if your property value goes down or does not change, it does not automatically mean you will pay less or the same amount of taxes. Your property taxes are  based  on how much your local taxing authorities decide to spend on services each year.

The first $2,300 in residential assessed value is exempt from statewide USD taxes.

Real Estate Taxes:

After  December 20 and  until May 10, the  first half payment plus interest can be paid.  If not paid by May 10, the  full tax plus interest must be paid. There is no longer the  option of paying the  first half. If taxes are due and unpaid for three years, the  property is subject to a tax  foreclosure suit by the  County. The  property can then be sold at public auction. Anyone that  has delinquent real estate taxes in the county cannot bid  at  these  auctions.

 

Personal Property Taxes:

After December 20 the  full  amount of  personal property taxes are due plus  interest. Full unpaid personal property taxes  are sent to the Sheriff for  collection in March. If the  first half  taxes are  paid  in December, the second half is due  May 10.  Second half unpaid personal property taxes are sent  to the  Sheriff for  collection in August.

 

Mill Levies

The  mill levy  is the  tax rate applied to the  assessed  value. One mill is one dollar per  $1,000 of assessed value. Since 1996 the  Legislature and Governor have  reduced the statewide USD levy  from 35 mills to 20 mills. The County Clerk  computes the  mill  levies for cash local taxing authority by dividing the portion of  the taxing authority’s budget that is property tax  funded by the taxable assessed  value in the  taxing authority’s service area.

You can view  and/or print our local  Tax Levy Breakdown here.

 

Revenue from Property Tax Levies

Local  taxing authorities do not  receive more money by raising property values. Changes in property values do not change  the amount of tax dollars needed for local services. A local taxing authority has authority to levy  tax on property within its  jurisdiction based  on the  amount of money needed to provide public services. The  local taxing authorities’ budgets are  published, public hearings are  completed, and  budgets are  set in August of each year.

The  following is a list of the most common taxing authorities :

  • Cemetery
  • Cities – Tribune & Horace
  • County Local USD Statewide USD State
  • Township
  • Groundwater Management

Tax Roll Corrections

All real estate, personal property, oil and gas tax  bill corrections, whether increases or decreases are  issued by the Greeley County Appraiser. State assessed, minerals and intangible tax corrections are issued by the County Clerk. After approval by the County Board of Supervisors, the County Treasurer issues  a corrected tax bill. Reductions will be reflected on the second half payment if taxes are  not  paid in full. Fully paid taxes with a reduction will  create an overage resulting in a refund. When applicable, interest is paid on refunds.

 

Filing a Protest

  1. If you  have  not  had a meeting with  the  County Appraiser on the  valuation of your  property for the  same  tax year, you can  file a protest. Protest forms are  available from the County Treasurer or by clicking on this link: Tax Protest Form.
  2. Please read  and  follow the  instructions on the  form carefully for a successful appeal. Note:  If the protest form is received in the Treasurer’s office  unsigned, the  protest will  be considered invalid and  will be returned to you.  The delay may  jeopardize your  chances for a hearing.
  3. Tax protest forms must be completed, then signed before sending to the Treasurer’s office  on or before December 20.  If the taxes  are  paid  by an escrow  agent in full  (not first half), you  have  until January 31 of the following year  to file your  protest.
  4. You must keep  a copy  of the  protest form. You will need  to use this  form to  file the  protest with the  Board of Tax Appeals if you are not  satisfied with  the  County’s decision.
  5. The County Appraiser will contact you to schedule an informal meeting after the  County Treasurer forwards your  protest form to the  Appraiser. If you  are filing a protest on the  basis of an illegal tax  levy, an Appendix must be completed and  attached to the protest form. Those  protest forms will  be mailed by  the Treasurer to the  State  Board  of Tax Appeals. No informal hearing will be held with  the  Appraiser in the  case of illegal tax levies.
  6. If you are  successful in your  appeal and your taxes  are  reduced and  result in a refund, payment will  be issued upon the Treasurer receiving a correction from the  County Appraiser’s office.

Mortgage Company Payments

If you have an escrow account for your real estate taxes with a mortgage company, the mortgage company should receive the  tax  statement. If you do receive the tax statement instead of  the  mortgage company, we ask you  to return it to the  County Treasurer along with the  correct address, so we may  produce a new statement to  be mailed to your  mortgage company.

Mortgage companies are required by Federal Law to make half  payments, so they  will  be paying taxes  on or before December 20 and  on or before May 10.

Past due notices are sent  to the  homeowner, not  to the  escrow agent. If the mortgage company was to have paid these  taxes, you  must inform them that the  Treasurer’s office for the  County did  not  receive the  payment. If there are any questions, the mortgage company needs to call the County Treasurer’s office at 620.376.4413.

Delinquent Taxes

Delinquent real estate taxes not paid  within three years  are  referred to the  County Attorney for  foreclosure action, thus putting the  property in jeopardy of being  sold  at auction. Details of Tax Foreclosure Sales  may  be obtained by making a request to  the  County Attorney. This information will  also  be available online at the  time of a tax  sale.

Publication of  Delinquent Real Estate Taxes:

Prior  to current year  delinquent taxes being put  in the  delinquent records of the  Greeley County Treasurer, they are  published in the  official county newspaper (as  designated by the  Board  of Supervisors*) for three consecutive weeks  in August in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A.  79 -2301to 79-2323a.

Publication of Delinquent Personal Property Taxes:

Personal Property taxes that are  unpaid October 10 of the current tax year  are  published in compliance with K.S.A. 19-547 for  three consecutive weeks in October in the official county newspaper (as  designated by the Board  of Supervisors*).

*Greeley County Republican

Escrow Payment Plan

The Greeley County Treasurer has had numerous requests for escrow payments on property taxes. We have developed a program where you may make a payment into the escrow account. When  you  make  a payment you  will  be required to sign  a form stating that in no way does this payment stop interest or publication of delinquent taxes or foreclosure.

This program is designed for any taxpayer. Monthly payments will be set by using an estimate on the previous year’s taxes. Should the  escrow  account come up short, the  taxpayer would be notified in November of any outstanding balance, thereby allowing the  taxpayer sufficient time to pay  the  balance by the  mandated due date. Payments may be made by mail or in person.

To initiate the automatic withdrawal process, the taxpayer needs to complete an escrow payment agreement form. This  form is available on this  site  below and  must be signed and  sent  with first installment, or the  form may  be picked up at  the  County Treasurer’s office.

Escrow Payment Agreement

For more information, visit the following pages:

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