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Property tax bills on their way to homeowners

During the next few weeks, property owners will begin seeing their annual tax bills arrive in the mail.

More than $350 million in property taxes will be collected and distributed to taxing bodies in St. Clair County, Treasurer Charles Suarez’s office said in a news release. About 60 percent of property taxes will be distributed to local school districts.

St. Clair County officials pointed this out when the county board agreed to increase the amount of property taxes the county would bring in, as well as when the board began considering a sales tax referendum that eventually failed.

Payments for the 140,000 property tax bills sent by St. Clair County are due in two installments: the first on June 29 and the second on Aug. 29.

Property owners can pay their bills at the St. Clair County Treasurer’s Office on the first floor of the County Building at 10 Public Square in Belleville.

A list of banks and credit unions within the county that collect real estate taxes is available on the treasurer’s web site: www.co.st-clair.il.us/departments/treasurer/Pages/bankList.aspx.

Credit card payments, Visa debit card payments, and electronic check payments may be made online at the county’s web site at www.co.st-clair.il.us/Pages/default.aspx.

Convenience charges and service fees would be applied.

Madison County Treasurer Chris Slusser said his office expects to send out more than 130,000 tax bills to property owners next week after Memorial Day.

In Madison County payments are due in four installments: July 6, Sept. 6, Oct. 6 and Dec. 6.

Payments can be made online at www.madcotreasurer.org, in the treasurer’s office at the Madison County Administration Building at 157 North Main St. Suite 125, in Edwardsville, among other places.

The Madison County Treasurer’s office website also has a list of banks and credit unions that collect property taxes.

The Monroe County Treasurer Kevin Koenigstein said it would be several months before his office would send out property tax bills and that due dates for payments have not been set.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter

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