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Postal service delays creating havoc for tax payments

Washington County Treasurer Tammy Bates steps into the county parking lot behind the courthouse on Second Street to pick up property and mobile home tax payments left in her office dropbox Tuesday. (Photo by Janelle Patterson)

National headlines cite “no end in sight” for mail delays — and that’s not only for holiday gifts ordered last fall.

“All last week our phones kept ringing, people in Belpre aren’t getting their bills in the mail,” said Washington County Treasurer Tammy Bates on Tuesday after picking up property and mobile home tax payments dropped off at the dropbox behind the county courthouse. “They were sent Feb. 2.”

And those that have received bills, are still having trouble navigating the newest addition to available payment options for the tax bill.

“Some people are trying to go into the Chase bank across the street, we need to be more clear that it’s the old Chase parking lot the county bought,” said Bates. “And it’s the way to get through to the ATM.”

The office accepts payments in person, in the dropbox at the courthouse, by mail and online for the 2020 Real Estate and Mobile Home taxes, which are due March 12 in Washington County.

Real estate and mobile home payments can be made:

1. In person during office hours via cash, check, money order or card.

To keep a receipt without an additional $1 reprinting fee, bring the entire bill to the office, including the top and the bottom pay stub.

2. By dropbox only via check or money order.

The box is available in the parking lot between the Washington County Courthouse and Sprout Vision Center, utilizing the same entrance as motorists using the Chase ATM that exits onto Third Street.

Note: To have a receipt mailed back to you, enclose the entire bill with your payment including the top and the bottom pay stub along with a stamped envelope with your address on it.

3. By mail via check or money order.

To have a receipt mailed back to you, enclose the entire bill with your payment including the top and the bottom pay stub along with a stamped envelope with your address on it.

4. Online payments are available at washingtongov.org/treasurer for credit/debit cards or electronic check (account and routing numbers).

No more than 10 parcels can be processed in one transaction. Processing fees for a second transaction will be re-applied.

Credit/debit transactions include a 2.75 percent additional processing fee on the amount charged, with a limit per card transaction of $11,000.

Electronic check transactions will include a $1 flat fee to process, with a limit of $5,000 per transaction.

Note: Multiple transactions are able to be processed.

For questions concerning pre-pay plans or delinquent payment plans contact the office at 740-373-6623, option 3, then option 2.

The office hours for the Washington County Treasurer’s Office are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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How to Get There:

1. Enter from Second Street in Marietta the former Chase Bank parking lot that leads to the Chase Bank ATM.

2. Turn left at the end of the parking stall row.

3. Turn in bill with payment check or money order only; no cash.

4. Exit either to the left and back onto Second Street – OR – to the right through the Chase ATM and onto Third Street.

Source: Washington County Treasurer Tammy Bates

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