QUINCY -- Adams County property tax bills are in the mail.
Treasurer Bryden Cory mailed 36,588 tax bills Friday and sent another 150 messages to people who have signed up to get tax bills online.
"We have had people pay already if they got online notices," Cory said.
Online tax bills were first offered last year and an insert in this year's tax bills include instructions on how to sign up for online service.
Cory hopes that most taxpayers will receive their bills by Wednesday. He asks that people who do not receive a bill by Thursday, May 20, call the treasurer's office at 217-277-2245.
Between May 10, and Oct. 30, Cory expects to collect and distribute over $80 million in real estate taxes to more than 100 tax districts.
Taxes may be paid in one payment or in two equal installments. The first installment is due June 17, and the second installment is due Sept. 3. There's a $15 penalty for tax payments after the deadlines, and the penalty increases by $15 for each month after that.
Payments sent by mail must be postmarked on or before the deadline dates to be considered on time. For payments sent by delivery service such as UPS or FedEx, the shipping date shown on the packaging is considered the same as a postmark.
Payments may be mailed or made in-person at the treasurer's office. A 24-hour drop box is available near the Fifth Street entrance on the west end of the courthouse.
"We always have three or four part-time workers help us in the last week or so leading up to the deadlines," Cory said.
There are usually five full-time workers in the treasurer's office.
Cory said two parking spaces along Vermont Street will be set aside for people making tax payments. But as the payment deadlines approach, people may want to use the city parking lot located on the southwest side of Fifth and Vermont.
Taxpayers may pay online or by phone using a credit card, debit card or electronic check. Cory warned that many of those payment options include a convenience fee.
Most local banks accept tax payments by check or cash and have branches that are open on weekends. Banks do not accept late payments.