Tax bills are due on a quarterly basis. Tax bills are mailed once a year during the summer. The bill you receive has 3rd and 4th quarters of the current year, and 1st and 2nd quarters of the following year. The due dates for each quarter are printed on the payment stubs of the bill, February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1. There is no discount for pre-payment.
There is a ten calendar day grace period each tax quarter for payment of taxes without interest being charged. Failure to pay within that period will result in interest being charged back to the first day of the month.
NOTE: When mailing payments, please specify that your payment is for Property Tax.
Remittances requiring a receipt MUST be accompanied by the ENTIRE tax bill and a self addressed, stamped envelope. Otherwise, it is acceptable to detach the appropriate stub to mail along with your check, and the canceled check will serve as your receipt.
Bills for Added Assessments:
If the Assessor establishes an added assessment on a property for improvements made, the tax bill for the added assessment is mailed in October and due November 1. These bills are sent to the property owner only, and not to the mortgage holder. If the mortgage holder normally pays the taxes, the property owner is responsible for ensuring that the taxes are paid.
Each year, there is a Tax Sale for unpaid taxes and other municipal charges from the previous year. A list is published in the newspaper for four weeks preceding the sale and the cost of sale is added to the delinquent amount owed. The amounts due, however, may be paid up to the day before the sale in the form of a certified check, cash or money order. If the delinquent accounts are not cleared and the property goes into the sale, a lien is placed against the property. If the lien is picked up by the Borough of Wharton, foreclosure proceedings will begin six months from the date of the sale. If an outside buyer picks up the lien, he must hold it for two years from the date of sale before starting foreclosure proceedings. All liens must be paid by cash, certified check or money order.
Change of Ownership:
Tax bills should be given to the new owner or his paying agent upon closing. A charge may be imposed for a duplicate bill. A final water meter reading must be scheduled when there is a change of ownership or tenant.