The county treasurer is elected every four years. In addition to the
primary duty of handling county funds, the treasurer is also ex officio
tax collector, ex officio public administrator, and the representative
in the collection of certain occupational license taxes, i.e. auctioneer
and pawnbroker licenses. The salary is set by the board of county commissioners.
The treasurer is authorized to appoint as many deputies as may be necessary
to discharge the duties of the office within budgetary limits approved
by the commissioners.
DUTIES AS COUNTY TREASURER
A primary responsibility of the treasurer's office is making sure the
money collected and received is invested safely. The interest earned
is included as income in the county budget and has the effect of reducing
The county treasurer is responsible for receiving all moneys belonging
to the county, accounting for their receipt, and safely keeping these
funds and is also responsible for the disbursing money from the county
treasury. Also the treasurer is responsible for keeping records of the
receipts and expenditures from all funds. The treasurer makes a monthly
statement with the auditor and is presented to the county commissioners
for their review.
DUTIES AS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR
A primary responsibility of the county treasurer's office is the collection
of all real and personal property taxes within the county. Taxes are
collected for the calendar year and the treasurer sends out property
tax notices that are to be collected. Half or all of the property taxes
is due on or before December 20th and the second half is due anytime
before June 20th. If either installment is not paid by the due dates,
a penalty of two percent and interest at one percent per month is added
and calculated as of January 1st.
A monthly payment schedule may also be allowed for the payment of delinquent
or future taxes.
All taxes are balanced and then spread to the various taxing districts
within the county.
The treasurers office is responsible for collecting special assessments
for water districts, fire protection
districts, local improvement districts and yield tax on timber sales.
The treasurers office is responsible for furnishing detailed and verified
tax information to lending institutions, title companies, realtors, accountants,
taxing districts, and individual taxpayers.
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