Bills & Payments
The first half taxes of any year are based on the half of the prior year taxes. This amount will be credited once the final tax amount for the year has been determined. The balance of the taxes will be divided between the 3rd and 4th quarter taxes. If we were informed that your mortgage company will be paying your taxes, you will receive an advice copy of your tax bill.
Added Assessment Tax Bills
Added Assessment tax bills are for new construction or improvements to an existing structure that are sent out once a year in October and are to be paid in addition to your regular November, February and May tax bill. Examples of improvements:
- In-ground pool
Taxes are payable to the Township of Jefferson on the first day of February, May, August, and November. There is a 10-day grace period where the payment must be received in the office by the end of the office hours on the last day of the grace period (post marks are not acceptable). After the grace period, taxes are delinquent and subject to interest back to the first day of that quarter. Payments received after business hours are posted on the next business day. By paying your tax obligation in a timely manner helps saves the Township money.
Forms of Payment
Taxes and/or utility charges can be paid in person, by mail or online then follow the appropriate prompt/instruction. Cash is acceptable in person only.
Checks for taxes should be made payable to the Township of Jefferson and should include your block and lot number(s). Checks for utility should be made payable to JTMU and should include your account number. If a receipt is needed, please bring your bill with you when coming into the office, or mail it along with a self addressed stamped envelope. If no receipt is required, send the appropriate stub and check to the address above. The cancelled check will be your receipt. Due to state statutes, post dated checks are not to be accepted and will be returned to you.
For those making payments online through their banks, please allow 7 to 10 days for this process so that we receive the payments before the grace period ends. Please remember to use your block/lot or utility number as our account number.
ACH payments can be made with your checking account number and routing number for payment of tax/utility charges online - then follow the appropriate prompt/instruction.
Visa and Mastercard credit cards are acceptable for payment of tax/utility charges online - then follow the appropriate prompt/instruction. There is a 2.5% fee imposed by the bank for the usage of credit cards.
Any taxes remaining unpaid after the grace period are subject to interest from the first of each quarter date. Interest rate charged is 8% on the first $1,500 of delinquent tax. Rate of 18% remains on the balance until the account is brought current, even if the balance falls below $1,500. If taxes are delinquent, please call the tax collection office at the number above for interest amount.