Where is your office and when are you open?
We are located at 101 N Main St, Celina, OH 45822 in the Court House on the second floor, Room 201. Our office hours are Monday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, closed on Federal Holidays.
If I mail my tax payment on the due date, is it going to be late?
The Ohio Revised Code states that the postmark or postal cancellation of the due date is considered to be a timely payment. Please be advised that local mail is sent out of town for processing. It is possible that the postmark date could be 1 to 2 days after your mail date.
What if my payment is late?
If your payment is received after the due date, State Law mandates a penalty be assessed by the County Auditor.
Late payment penalties:
- Payments received within 10 days after the due date will be assessed a 5% penalty
- Payments received after 10 days past the due date will be assessed a 10% penalty
Can I appeal to have my penalty waived?
Yes, you can apply to have your penalty waived or refunded to you by completing an application for Remission of Penalty. The Board of Revision, (County Treasurer, County Auditor, County Commissioner) will meet to consider your request. Contact our office @ (419) 586-2259 for the necessary paperwork.
My Real Estate taxes are paid with my mortgage, but I received a tax bill. What should I do?
Contact your mortgage company immediately and forward the bill to them.
Is there a Real Estate tax deduction for the elderly or disabled?
The Homestead Exemption is available to anyone 65 years of age and older and subject to an income means test. Also, anyone who is disabled can apply. Contact the County Auditor’s office for the forms.
To whom do I make my check payable?
David E Wolters, Mercer County Treasurer.
I did not receive a tax bill, what should I do?
How are my taxes calculated?
The assessed value, which is determined by the County Auditor, is approximately 35% of the market value and is multiplied by the Effective Tax Rate. See the Effective Tax Rate chart on the Treasurer’s website.
How can I pay my Real Estate tax bill?
- In person at the Treasurer’s office
- By phone, with a credit card, by calling the 800 number on the back of your bill
- Online, with a credit card, using the link provided on the back of your bill. Be advised the card provider will charge a convenience fee.
- eCheck, automatic withdrawal from an account, using the link provided on the back of your bill. Be advised the processor will charge a convenience fee.
When are my Real Estate taxes due?
Tax bills are mailed out twice each year, typically in January and June. The due date for payment is usually the 20th, or the next business day if the 20th is on a Holiday or weekend, in February and July.
How can I change the mailing address for my tax bill?
I received a bill for property I just purchased, am I responsible for these taxes?
In the State of Ohio, Real Estate taxes are collected one year behind. You will need to check your closing agreement with your realtor or lawyer to determine how taxes were agreed upon. Any tax that comes due after your purchase date becomes your liability to pay.
I received a bill for property I just sold, what should I do?
In the State of Ohio, Real Estate taxes are collected one year behind. You will need to check your closing agreement with your realtor or lawyer to determine how taxes were agreed upon.
Can I prepay my Real Estate taxes on a monthly basis?
Yes. You may choose from 2 options to make monthly payments instead of the large payments twice a year. You may have monthly payments automatically debited from your bank account (ACH) or you can choose to mail in monthly payments with coupons generated from the Treasurer’s office. Contact the Treasurer’s office for either option.
I’m selling my Mobile Home, what are the steps to transferring it into the buyers name?
There are three offices you and/or the buyer will need to visit before the transaction is complete:
- Treasurer’s office for the required 2 stamps. The taxes will need to be paid in full for the entire year prior to stamping.
- Auditor’s office for their required stamp. You or the buyer will need to pay a convenience fee of $3.50 per $1,000 purchase price and a 50 cent transfer fee.
- After acquiring all 3 stamps, the buyer will take the stamped title to the Clerk of Courts Title Division to transfer the title into their name.
Please be advised that if all steps are not completed, the title will remain in your name and you will continue to receive the tax bill.
What happens if I do not pay my Real Estate taxes?
A delinquent bill is mailed in late September. If the taxes are not paid and have just gone delinquent, your name will appear on the Delinquent Tax List that is published in the local newspaper. Should the taxes continue being delinquent, there is a potential that the delinquency will be sold to Tax Ease, a purchaser of tax liens.
I sold a portion of my property. Who is responsible for the taxes and when?
The first year the property is split the tax bill will be mailed to the original owner. It is the property owner’s responsibility to contact the purchaser for his portion of the taxes. Once the split is over a year, the individual owners will get their separate bills.