July 2, 2016

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Medina County treasurer adds ‘Bill Me Later’ option to property taxes

Medina County residents can charge their property taxes and not have to pay off the bill for six months thanks to a new online plan offered by county Treasurer John Burke.

Burke said the new payment option is similar to a credit card promotion: The tax bill is paid by PayPal, the Internet payment service, in return for a 2.5 percent fee.

As long as the debt is paid off within six months, there is no interest or additional charges, he said, but any remaining balance will be charged 19.99 percent interest as of the original payment date.

Burke said residents don’t need a PayPal account to use the service.

“The ‘Bill Me Later’ option allows taxpayers flexibility in paying their taxes, based on their individual situations,” he said.

Bills for the second half of the tax year will be mailed this month. The tentative deadline for payment is July 11.

Taxes also can be paid online using electronic checks, Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express credit cards or a standard PayPal account.

Burke said the credit card companies will add the same 2.5 percent fee assessed by the PayPal “Bill Me Later” option.

But the fee for using an electronic check is only 50 cents. The e-check fee had been $1.50 per transaction.

“By changing vendors we experienced a price savings in the convenience fees, while still maintaining excellent service,” Burke said.

Cash, check, money order or Visa, MasterCard and Discover credit cards are accepted over the counter at the treasurer’s office, on the first floor of the county Administration Building, 144 N. Broadway St., Medina.

The office will remain open until 6 p.m. on the payment due date.

Payment by check or money order also can be made in 24-hour drop boxes at the administration building and at Brunswick and Wadsworth city halls.

For more information on payment options, visit www.medinacountytreasurer or call (330) 725-9748.

Contact reporter David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com.