The county treasurer is elected every four years. In addition to the primary duty of handling county funds, the treasurer is also ex officio tax collector, ex officio public administrator, and the representative of the state in the collection of auctioneer and pawnbroker licenses. The salary is set by the board of county commissioners. The treasurer is authorized to appoint as many deputies as may be necessary to discharge the duties of the office within budgetary limits approved by the Board of County Commissioners.
Duties as County Treasurer
The county treasurer is responsible for receiving moneys belonging to the county, accounting for their receipt, and safely investing these funds. The county treasurer is also responsible for disbursing money from the county treasury. It is also the responsibility of the treasurer to keep all records of the receipts and expenditures from all funds. Monthly and quarterly reports are presented to the auditor for checking and balancing all funds. A joint report is also presented to the board of county commissioners.
Duties as Ex Officio Tax Collector
A primary responsibility of the county treasurer is making sure the money is invested safely. The interest earned is included as income in the county budget and has the effect of reducing property taxes. The treasurer's office is responsible for extending the property tax roll each year and mailing the tax bills to all taxpayers. This office is also responsible for furnishing detailed and verified tax information to lending institutions, title companies, realtors, accountants, taxing districts, and individual taxpayers.
The treasurer is responsible for all property tax collected, it's safe keeping and the apportioning to the individual taxing districts.
Property Tax Due Dates
All Real and Personal property taxes extended on the property roll are payable on or before December 20th. The taxes may be paid in two equal halves, the first half being due on the December 20th due date, while the second half is due on or before June 20th of the following year. If payments are not paid by the due date, there is a 2% late fee charge as well as a 12% interest per annum charge added to the amount outstanding. Partial payments are also accepted, but late fees and interest still accrue on the amounts outstanding.
Payments may be made with check, cash or money order. Credit card payments are also accepted by calling 866-845-7143 or going to Point and Pay. The credit card payment option is provided by Point and Pay and includes a 2.5% nominal convenience fee to directly pay the cost of this service. Blaine County uses eNotices to facilitate in the billing of property taxes by sending out electronic billings and notices for those that have enrolled in the service. To sign up for electronic billing of property taxes, please view Electronic Billing on Property Taxes (PDF).