OLATHE, Kan. — Kansans who split their property tax payments in two for 2019 are facing a Monday deadline to pay the second half.
"We've had a lot of questions around can we move that due date and can we provide other forms or relief, and the simple answer there is no," Tom Franzen, Johnson County Finance Director & Treasurer, said.
The payment schedule is regulated at the state level. However, on the local level, Johnson County Commissioners were able to change one aspect.
"The board thought we should provide every bit of relief as possible that we can, and I agree. Partial payments is something new we're doing this year for the first time," Franzen said.
Due to the economic impacts of COVID-19, the county will accept any amount property owners can pay on or before May 11.
Starting May 12 interest will accrue daily on unpaid balances.
It's one financial burden the county says it could not lift.
"Those interest rates that are set by law are set fairly high to incent people to pay their taxes on time," Franzen said.
To make a partial payment, send a check or money order to the Johnson County Treasurer, PO Box 2902, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201.
Payments can also be made over the phone by calling the customer service line at 913-715-2600, although a 2.4 percent service fee will be charged.
Unfortunately partial payments cannot be made online and cannot be made in person as the county's administration building remains closed to the public due to stay-at-home orders.
Find answers to other frequent questions here.