The Tax Department maintains accounting records, deposits, and funds for all city departments. All city tax payments, and the purchase of beer, liquor, and business licenses are made in this department. These transactions keep this department in constant contact with the public.
Property tax records are available on-line for your use. Tax notices are mailed the 1st of October. If you have not received your notice by the second week of October, please contact the Tax Department by calling 893-5210 or come by our department located on the 1st Floor of City Hall.
All city taxes are due and payble by December 31st, after this date penalties and interest are due. Your taxes must be paid by cash, check or money order; we do not accept credit cards. Each tax notice has a 5-digit receipt number located in the top left. This number needs to be written on all checks or money orders. All tax payments must be paid in full; no partial payments are accepted. We encourage you to pay early to avoid standing in long lines in December. There is not a discount offered for early payment.
This department works closely with the city manager and the legal department, and is responsible for recording city council actions, resolutions, and ordinances.
In the 2005-2006 budget year, the Tax Department received its sixth straight Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
The Tax Department is headed by the City Recorder, Melissa Wright, who is appointed by the City Council. The City Recorder is the head of the Finance Department of the City and is also responsible for keeping records of Council meetings, and is the custodian of public records, bonds, ordinance books and the accounting system of the City.