Happy June! We are finally starting to see some sunny weather, and it’s FINALLY starting to feel a little bit like summer! In the Treasurer’s office, we are preparing our friendly, bright, and shiny smiling faces for taxpayers who will be paying the 2nd half of their 2021 property taxes. June is a very busy time for us. We always look forward to helping our customers and assisting them with any questions they might have regarding their property taxes. We are taxpayers as well, so we understand the frustration that comes with the rising cost of property taxes.
On that note, I’d like to issue a friendly reminder that the 2nd half of 2021 property taxes are due by Monday, June 20, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Please make sure that they are postmarked by 6/20/22 to ensure the payment is considered on time. We also have a white drop box on Center Street in front of the courthouse that payments can be dropped in. We check the drop box twice a day during our tax collection to ensure that payments are getting processed in a timely manner. There is also a link on our website, bannockcounty.us/treasurer, to pay with a debit/credit card or E-check.
We just finished up our Tax Deed proceedings for the 2018 delinquent taxes. When we started the process, we had around 111 delinquent parcels. At the Tax Deed Hearing held in May, the Commissioners only took four properties. The last thing we want to do is take someone’s property from them. My staff works very hard trying to find phone numbers and addresses for the owners of the properties. When we don’t get a response from the owners, there are times that we go to the property to see if anyone is living there. We feel very confident that we do everything we can to try to find the owners, so we don’t have to take the property for Tax Deed.
An interesting fact about the Treasurer’s Office that people might not know: When a person passes away in our county, and no next of kin can be found, it is the County Treasurer’s responsibility to be appointed Public Administrator for the deceased person’s estate.
We do more than collect property taxes!
The Assessor’s Office has sent out the 2022 Property Assessment Notices. We welcome anyone to call our office at 208-236-7220 if they would like to get an ESTIMATE as to how that will affect their taxes for 2022.