Cleveland to Offer Partial Property Tax Payments

(WDEF)  Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 13, Cleveland property taxpayers will have the option of making regular monthly partial payments. The partial payment plan does not apply to 2014 property taxes.
        The Cleveland City Council gave final approval Monday to Ordinance 2014-51, which amends the municipal code to allow partial payments. The Council voted on the ordinance as part of the consent agenda. The vote was unanimous.
        The city will accept partial payments in two ways, according to Shawn McKay, city finance director/city clerk. City taxpayers may make partial payments by electronic transfer. Taxpayers may use the electronic transfer method by completing a written 12-month payment plan and written authorization agreement for direct electronic transfer payments. Enrollment begins Jan. 13. Taxpayers using the electronic transfer plan must be enrolled by Feb. 15 for the tax to be levied next October. Payments will begin March 15 and will occur on the 15th of each month thereafter. A separate form will be needed for each parcel of property. Citizens will need to sign up each year.
        No direct electronic transfer (or ACH) payments will be accepted for delinquent taxes.
        The second method for partial tax payments is by cash, check, money order or credit card. These forms of partial payment will be accepted for any tax that is payable at the city clerk’s office, even a delinquent tax, McKay said.
        Partial payments will not be accepted for a delinquent tax that has been turned over to the clerk and master’s office.
        The City Council took steps to pass the ordinance late in 2014 after receiving citizen requests for the convenience of partial payments. Citizens still have the option of making the traditional lump sum annual payment as well.

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