March 1 marks the start of the 2013 property tax payment season and the launch of an email notification system that will help Saline County residents pay their taxes on time. Taxpayers can now go paperless by signing up to receive emails when their annual tax statement is available online and property taxes are due.
"We are proud to partner with the Information Network of Arkansas to offer this service and help residents stay on top of their property taxes in a way that is convenient for them," Saline County Collector Joy Ballard said. "Going paperless will also save our county government money by greatly reducing the number of annual tax statements my staff has to print and mail."
In 2013, Saline County mailed approximately 68,000 tax statements at 56 cents each. The collector's annual postage budget is $43,000. Paper and printing costs are an additional $10,000.
Saline County has been emailing property tax payment reminders and receipts for several years, but did not have the authority to send electronic tax statements until Act 27 passed last year. The new law, which was sponsored by Representative Andy Mayberry, aims to reduce government costs and allows county collectors to create paperless email registries.
Tax statement emails will include a "View Your Bill" link, which will open the taxpayer's information on the Saline County Collector's website. From there, taxes can be paid with just a few mouse clicks or taps on a mobile device. Ballard said providing access to online bill payment through enotify may help the county collect more tax payments. According to lists published on the Saline County Collector's website in January, more than 17,300 tax bills from 2012 are still delinquent.
To register for enotify, Saline County taxpayers can go to AR.gov/SalinePropTax and click the "Begin enotify" button. Residents who sign up will no longer receive annual tax statements in the mail, but will still receive paper statements if their taxes are adjusted throughout the year. Taxpayers can unsubscribe at any time to switch back to paper statements.
Arkansas personal property and real estate taxes are due October 15. Saline County residents and business owners can pay their county taxes online with a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express credit card or an electronic check through a secure payment processing system. Payments can also be made in person at the Benton or Bryant Revenue Offices, by phone, at the drop box at the Benton office, or by mailing a check payable to the Saline County Tax Collector.