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Property taxes are due on Feb. 17, 2017 (for the 1st half of the year). Tax bills should be in the mail by the middle of Jan. 2017. Anyone who does not receive a bill by Feb. 1 and should have one: please call the Treasurer's office at 740-474-2370.

Manufactured homes: taxes are also due on Feb. 17, 2017.

Taxes may be paid with MasterCard or Visa, either in person or by phone; Visa, Mastercard, Amex & Discover are accepted via out website.

Treasurer's office hours are: M-F 8AM-4PM.

As required by law, any payment made within 10 days after the due date is subject to a 5% late penalty and any payment made 10 days or more after the due date will have a 10% late penalty.
These penalties apply to real estate, manufactured homes and personal property taxes.

Please feel free to call our office with any questions. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

Treasurer holds third tax-lien sale

County Treasurer Ellery Elick completed the 3rd tax-lien sale for Pickaway County on Dec. 7, 2015, which netted $433,489.56 in delinquent real estate tax revenue. This translates into additional tax dollars for the townships, villages, city and county. Treasurer Elick stated that "through the use of tax-lien sales, the overall delinquency rate has significantly decreased. Tax-lien sales are another tool that we use to increase revenue and decrease the number of parcels carrying delinquent balances."

Since the inception of the tax-lien sales, the treasurer has increased tax revenues significantly.

Treasurer named to executive position in state association

Ellery Elick was installed as the second vice president of the County Treasurers Association of Ohio at the November 2015 conference. Mr. Elick previously held the offices of Secretary and Treasurer of the State Association. He has also served on the Legislative Committee since 2004, and several times has been a part of the conference planning committee. "Our State Association is a great organization in which treasurers from all over the state of Ohio can share information and ideas to better serve our counties," he said.

Primary Purpose of Department

Ellery Elick is sworn in for his third term as county treasurer in 2016.
The county treasurer has multiple roles which combine into one main function--that being the chief financial officer for the county's funds. Those funds are derived from several sources. As the chief tax collector, the treasurer oversees all forms of levied taxes including real estate property, manufactured homes, personal property (both tangible and intangible*), inheritance (estate) tax, and the collection of taxes from vendors and cigarette licenses. In addition, all monies from other various county departments are paid into the treasurer's office for distribution by the county auditor. The treasurer is responsible for making sure all monies are balanced daily and deposited in a timely manner. As the chief investment officer for the county, the treasurer has the responsibility to invest all monies in sound, safe and quality investments to maximize earnings, and to also record and distribute interest received accordingly. The treasurer serves on several county boards, including: Board Of Revision, Budget Commission, Data Processing Board, and other committees as requested.

*Intangible-property tax was the business tax collected on inventory, sales, etc.; this is no longer being collected because it has been phased out by the state legislature.

Major Accomplishments of 2015

The treasurer continued the practice of investing funds in local financial institutions, which yielded maximum return on investments while supporting our community at the same time.

The treasurer cross-trained staff, which makes better use of work time and staffing.

The department collaborated with the county prosecutor to develop a plan to actively pursue the collection of delinquent property taxes. These collection efforts will be an ongoing process.

The office continues to accept major credit cards, and this was added at no expense to the county.

The use of email tax-payment processing for payments from mortgage companies continues to expedite the posting process.

  • Processed and mailed approximately 57,125 real estate tax-parcel bills.
  • Processed and mailed approximately 3,540 manufactured-home tax-parcel bills.
  • Receipted and deposited over $37.4 million in department pay-ins. (Pay-ins are other receipts from the various elected officials and/or departments such as Job & Family Services, etc. that are in addition to the tax collections.)
  • Earned and receipted $241,703 in interest income for the general fund.
  • Collected and deposited $238,874 in manufactured-home taxes.
  • Maintained investment portfolio of $22.5 million for the county.
  • Collected over $631,000 in delinquent taxes through a systematic collection plan.
  • Set up delinquent-tax payment plans of over $1,269,319.
  • Processed approximately 340 bankruptcies and foreclosure filings and passed them to the prosecutor's office.

Future plans for the department

There will be a continued emphasis on collecting delinquent payments.