Pamela Myers Armstrong is the White County Treasurer.
The County Treasurer has the responsibility to receive, invest and distribute the revenue and public monies of the county. This office also keeps account of all monies paid out stating the date, to whom payment is made and on what account payment is made.
It is the duty of the County Treasurer to invest and reinvest any funds which are not being used. The County’s money is invested in banks in White County. Investment objectives are safety of principal and maximum rate of return.
Each month the Treasurer reports to the County Board the amounts of money invested in banks listed by account and the checking account balances. Also included in this report are the County Offices budget reports.
The County Collector prepares bills for the purpose of tax collection of real estate, drainage and mobile home taxes within the county.
Upon receipt of the tax monies the County Collector proceeds to disburse these funds to the taxing districts. Tax collection funds are kept in interest bearing accounts. The interest earned on these accounts is disbursed to the various taxing districts proportional to the amount of tax collected for them.
The White County Real Estate Tax Bills are mailed the last Friday in July. This general mailing is the only mass mailing of real estate tax bills. Only one bill per parcel is mailed. The total bill (each installment) is included in this tax bill. A separate mailing is not made for the second installment.
The White County Real Estate Tax Bill is mailed with two payment coupons, each representing an equal installment of the current tax due.
The center section of the tax bill shows a comparison between this year’s taxes and the prior year’s taxes. The comparison is shown for each taxing district that receives your money. The comparison is not only shown by amount, but also by tax rate.
The right side illustrates how your individual tax bill was computed. Please note the exemption boxes. The Senior exemption is for people 65 years old and older. The property involved must be your principal residence. The Senior Tax Freeze exemption allows qualified senior citizens to freeze the equalized assessed value of their property. The Owner Occupied exemption is granted to owner-occupied residences. If you have questions about the exemptions or you did not receive an exemption, and you believe you should have, contact the Supervisor of Assessments at 618-382-2332 ext. 6
The County Collector holds a tax sale at the end of every tax year to sell the tax on every parcel that remains unpaid.
The County Collector receives and records inheritance tax. She must report and pay inheritance tax collections to the State Treasurer.
The Treasurer collects and deposits monies from the state. These include in part; sales tax, supplemental sales tax, income tax, salary reimbursement, replacement tax, grants, emergency management assistance program monies, and motor fuel tax.
The Treasurer also acts as the Treasurer for the for the Emergency Telephone System Board 911.
The Treasurer also makes available County tax records for use by tax researchers and concerned parties.
PAYING YOUR TAXES
First installment payments should include the number one installment payment coupon (from the bottom right portion of the bill) and your check in the full amount of the installment. The check should be made payable to the WHITE COUNTY COLLECTOR. To avoid any late penalty, the payment must be made on time. ( A United States Postal Service postmark is accepted).
Second installment payments should include the number two installment coupon (from the bottom left portion of your bill) and your check in the full amount of the installment. The check should be made to the WHITE COUNTY COLLECTOR. To avoid any late penalty, the payment must be made on time. (A United States Postal Service postmark is accepted).
You may pay in person at the Collector’s Office, located on the first floor of the White County Courthouse at 301 E. Main Street in Carmi.
PENALTY: for late payment is added at the rate of 1.5% of the installment amount per month.
COST: An additional $10.00 charge will be collected when we mail delinquent notices, on each unpaid bill.
The annual real estate tax sale is in January.
Please read the back of the tax bill for other important information.