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Posted on: December 26, 2017

Cortland County Clarifies New York State Property Tax Pre-Payment Plan

Attention Cortland County Residents and taxpayers looking to take advantage of prepaying 2018 property taxes:

While New York State Executive Order 172 offers property tax payers the opportunity to pre-pay their property tax bill some taxpayers may not be able to take advantage of the initiative   

In New York, counties are required under state law to approve tax warrants "on or before December 31" authorizing local tax collectors to accept property taxes for the coming year. Once that warrant is issued, local tax collectors can start the collection process.

Property owners in most cases have from Jan. 1 through Jan. 31 to pay their county and town taxes to avoid paying interest.

While the Cortland County Legislature has approved the tax warrants for the towns, the warrant does not go into effect until December 31st, 2017.

While New York State is encouraging local tax collectors to accept those payments prior to January 1st, those collectors are not required to do agree to accept payment they cannot issue a receipt for payment until December 31st. All local Tax Collectors must record the date the payment is received (postmarked or drop off payments) prior to the 31st, but must wait to record the actual receipt of payment on or after the 31st.  This will require some confusing accounting for most Towns.

Another compounding factor that could preclude some property tax payers from taking advantage of the pre-payment plan is that most schools, villages and cities are on a different fiscal year, which means their budgets won't be approved until after the new federal tax rules take effect.

Another thing to remember: The last day of the year is a Sunday. So the final business day is Friday, Dec. 29th if you're looking to pay in person, or postmarked before December 31st.

Finally, Cortland County Treasurer Ralph Canfield would like to remind all property owners the County does not collect current year taxes, only delinquent payments. Any questions regarding tax collections and pre-payment should be directed to the local tax collectors. If you have not received your 2018 property tax bill you may look it up on-line at www.taxlookup.net for residents in the Towns of Homer, LaPeer, and Virgil you can access your tax bill via the Town websites.

Here is a listing of all tax collectors in Cortland County and how to contact them.

City of Cortland -607-756-7312                                                                   Town of Homer-607-749-4581

Town of Cincinnatus-607-863-4018                                                           Village of Homer-607-749-3322 

Town of Cortlandville – 607-756-5725                                                      Town of LaPeer- 607-849-6381

Town of Cuyler- 607-842-6051                                                                    Town of Marathon- 607-849-4832

Town of Freetown – 607-849-6546                                                           Village of Marathon- 607-849--3812

Town of Harford- 607-844-4091                                                                 Village of McGraw-607-836-6294

Town of Preble-607-749-3199                                                                     Town of Scott-607-749-2902

Town of Solon-607-836-6208                                                                       Town of Taylor-607-863-3008

Town of Truxton-607-842-6984                                                                  Town of Virgil-607-835-6174

Town of Willet-607-597-9228                                                                     

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