The Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer’s Office is reminding taxpayers that payment of the second half of their property tax is due Oct. 31.
Taxpayers also need to remember that the return address was mistakenly omitted by the county’s vendor on the first- and second-half property tax statements mailed in February. The Assessor-Treasurer’s Office didn’t catch the error. Payment envelopes were included with the statements.
The U.S. Postal Service will deliver the provided envelope without the return address showing through the envelope window, Assessor-Treasurer Mike Lonergan said. That’s because a bar code containing the address is printed on the envelope below the window. An optical scanner reads the bar code, routing it to the correct address.
If taxpayers feel more comfortable having an address on the envelope, they can write it on the envelope, he said. The address is: Pierce County Budget and Finance, P.O. Box 11621, Tacoma, WA 98411-6621.
They can also insert one of the reply address stubs that were mailed to taxpayers after the mistake was discovered in February. However, using the stub creates more work for Lonergan’s office in processing the payment, he said.
Be sure to enclose the second-half payment stub with your check in the envelope. Payments must be postmarked no later than Oct. 31.
You can also pay online. Late payments will be assessed an interest penalty, as required by state law. Visit piercecountywa.atr for more information.
The Assessor-Treasurer’s Office paid $14,320 of the $41,866 cost of sending reply address stubs to 128,000 taxpayers. The vendor, Automatic Funds Transfer Services, paid $27,546 for postage.