Douglas County taxpayers will get a reprieve of sorts because the second half of the 1991 real estate and personal property taxes are due on a Saturday this year.
Because June 20 the due date falls on a day in which county offices are not open, taxpayers will be given until 5 p.m. June 22, the following Monday, to pay their taxes in person in the treasurer's office at the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets.
However, for taxpayers paying by mail, the letter must be postmarked by June 20 to avoid paying the late penalty. The penalty, which is set by the state, is an 18 percent annual rate.
Taxpayers also can deposit their bills in the drop box in the courthouse's south parking lot.
Homeowners paying their taxes through mortgage payments rely on their mortgage holders to make the tax payment to the county.
The county does not mail taxpayers another bill for the second half of the taxes since it was included with the original bill mailed in November. The county will send out a courtesy reminder in July to people who failed to pay their taxes before the names of delinquent taxpayers are published.
Taxpayers wanting to protest their tax bill can do so only when paying their taxes. Protest forms are available in the treasurer's office, said county treasurer Nancy Hempen. She stressed that this procedure was different than in December, when the first half of the bills were due. At that time, taxpayers could pay their taxes and later file a protest by the Dec. 20 deadline.
The county asks protesting taxpayers to submit copies of any documents supporting their claim with their protest form.