First half of property tax payments due Monday in Clallam, Jefferson counties

The first half of property taxes are due Monday.

Because the scheduled due date of April 30 is Saturday, the deadline has been extended until Monday.

Property tax payments must be postmarked, paid in person at the Clallam or Jefferson County courthouses, or dropped into a drop box by Monday to avoid delinquent fees.

Mail dropped in a U.S. postal mailbox after the post office pickup time might result in a postmark of May 3 and will be considered delinquent.

Hours at the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Hours at the Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., Port Townsend, are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Payments postmarked or dropped off after Monday will be subject to 1 percent delinquent interest. On June 1, an additional 1 percent interest and 3 percent penalty will be charged.

Interest is on the full year of taxes, according to Stacie Prada, Jefferson County treasurer, while the 3 percent penalty is on the amount that remains unpaid June 1.

Clallam County

In Clallam County, the drop-off location is a gray drop box specifically designated for property tax payments and other courthouse business that is on the circular drive at the courthouse.

Those who require receipts can enclose self-addressed stamped envelopes and the Treasurer’s Office will mail receipts.

The Treasurer’s Office can accept most credit and debit cards, either at the counter or online at www.clallam.net/Treasurer. A convenience fee will be charged by the credit and/or debit card provider.

To access individual property tax information online, select “property search” in the left-hand column on the home page of the county’s website at www.clallam.net.

For more information, call the Treasurer’s Office at 360-417-2344.

Jefferson County

Five drop boxes for payments by check are available in Jefferson County.

They are in the rear parking lot of the courthouse, at the Port Townsend and Port Hadlock branches of 1st Security Bank of Washington, at Port Ludlow Sound Community Bank and at Quilcene U.S. Bank.

Credit card payments can be made online at www.co.jefferson.wa.us/treasurer or by phone, 877-812-8072.

Instructions for both are on the back of the tax statement, and a 2.5 percent fee is charged by the service provider for credit card payments.

Electronic checks can be used to make payments. Instructions and fee amounts are on the Jefferson County treasurer’s webpage.

The deadline for signing up for autopay service has passed for this installment of property tax payments.

But property owners can register by Oct. 10 to have taxes automatically deducted from their bank accounts Oct. 31 for the second half of the year’s payment.

Using a service through 1st Security Bank of Washington, the Treasurer’s Office electronically debits accounts on the tax due date, or the next business day if it falls on a weekend, Prada said.

To request paperless tax statement delivery via email instead of hard copies by USPS, sign up by clicking on the link “eNoticesOnline” on the Treasurer’s Office webpage.

For more information, call the Treasurer’s Office at 360-385-9150.

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