By DENNIS SEMLER
Tulsa County Treasurer
It is a busy time of year at the Tulsa County Treasurer’s Office. Part of my job as Tulsa County Treasurer is to receive property tax payments from all property owners in Tulsa County. Effectiveness, efficiency and convenience are important elements of customer service in my office, and that’s what I hope to provide to all Tulsa County taxpayers.
While most people don’t enjoy paying property taxes, it’s important to note that all of these tax dollars stay in Tulsa County. They fund public education including elementary, middle and high schools as well as Tulsa Community College and Tulsa Technology Center. Your tax dollars also fund libraries, the health department and city and county governments including public safety, streets, parks and other infrastructure.
For years, one of my top priorities has been making the payment process convenient for everyone. Ten years ago, we started a program that took my staff out to neighborhood banks, where people could avoid the trip downtown by paying their property taxes in local bank branches. In all, we have a presence in 18 different bank branches throughout Tulsa County. The program has proven to be a success as last year there were more than 9,300 people who paid property taxes this way.
In another effort to make payments more convenient, we allow credit cards and electronic checks through our website, www.treasurer.tulsacounty.org or by phone at (888) 379-1062.
Of course, I always welcome the public to my office in the Tulsa County Administration Building at 6th and Denver downtown. My staff is always available to help Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The State of Oklahoma allows property tax payments to be paid through installments as well. The first half is due on Dec. 31 and the last half on March 31. One of my goals is to help property owners avoid penalties, so I encourage you to make the payments on or before the deadline dates. If you use the U.S. Postal Service, make sure the envelope is post marked on or before the deadline.
It is an honor to continue to serve as your Tulsa County Treasurer. I hope you will contact my office for any information or help we may provide.