Property Taxes

 FAQ

When are my property taxes due?
The Sheriff normally receives the tax bills from the County Clerk at the end of September. By statute, we may not accept tax payments prior to this time. Most taxpayers should anticipate receiving their bills the first week of October. The bill will show five different due dates and payment amounts. For current year collection dates see above.

Our office recognizes postmarks as evidence of timely payment. Collection dates and penalty amounts are set by statute and approved by the Kentucky Revenue Cabinet; our Office has no authority to negotiate these matters.

What if I haven't received a tax bill?
If you have not received your tax bill after the first week of October, please contact our office and a duplicate bill will be sent to you promptly.

Why did I receive this bill?
Tax bills for real estate property are sent to the owner of record as of January 1, or the current owner, according to the records of the Property Valuation Administrator's Office. If you are not the current owner please call or forward this bill to the owner if possible. If this is not possible, please notify the Sheriff's Office.

How was my tax calculated?
The property tax bill lists the assessed value of your property, the tax rate that was applied by various jurisdictions (such as the state, county and school systems) and the subtotal of each, (before discounts or penalties). Pay only the single amount listed in the "If Paid By: Balance Due" areas at the bottom right of your bill and on your payment stub. Do not submit separate payments for each subtotal!

I thought my mortgage company took care of this, why did I receive this bill?
In the past, we used to send your tax bill to your mortgage company, however due to errors property tax bills are only mailed to the property owner and it is your responsibility to forward it to your mortgage company.

What if I bought or sold the property during this year?
The seller usually pays a pro-rated tax during closing for the portion of the year they owned the property. The buyer is then responsible to pay the entire tax amount when billed. If you are in doubt, refer to your closing settlement statement.

What are Homestead and Disability exemptions?
These exemptions can reduce your taxable assessment. The homestead exemption applies to people over 65 who own the home in which they live. The disability exemption applies to people who are totally disabled and own the home in which they live. If you think you might qualify for either of these exemptions, and you are not already receiving the exemption, call the Property Valuation Administrator's Office at 859-654-6055.

To whom do I pay delinquent taxes for prior tax years?
Please contact the Pendleton County Clerk at 859-654-3380 to request a payoff amount for delinquent real property tax bills or the Pendleton County Attorney's Office at 859-654-3180 to request a payoff amount for delinquent tangible and intangible tax bills.

Will I get a receipt?
Your canceled check or money order may serve as your receipt, if you pay by mail and would like a receipt please include a self addressed stamped envelope and we will return a paid receipt to you.  If you are a walk in customer a receipt will be provided to you.

What if I am due a refund?
If for some reason, you think there is an overpayment, please call the Sheriff's Office. We may need you to provide documentation before a refund can be processed.

May I pay several bills with one payment?
Yes. However, if you do, please check to be sure you've added all the appropriate amounts correctly, so your payments will not be delayed in processing. Please remember to include your bills for each property bill you pay.