Dodge County Residents Warned of Property Tax Scams

(Juneau) With the property tax due date approaching, the Dodge County Treasurer is reminding residents to not fall for tax mail scams. Patti Hilker says a recent wide-spread scam confuses state Department of Revenue judgements or federal judgements, with county property tax collection.

Hilker notes that official notices from the Dodge County Treasurer include the office address, phone number and relevant parcel number. She encourages taxpayers to double-check they have the right parcel numbers, make sure your check is written out correctly, do not wait until the last week in July to pay, and call her office with any real estate tax questions. Hilker says paying early provides an opportunity to correct errors before the July 31st deadline. It can take up to fourteen days to resolve an online payment error, a check mailed to the wrong address, or an insufficient funds payment.

The cost of missing the final tax installment deadline is severe. Hilker says under state law, interest and penalty charges are one-and-a-half-percent charged on unpaid principal per month back to February 1st. She says it is imperative to pay property taxes on time to avoid a delinquency. More information about paying property taxes is available at DailyDodge.com.