Sedgwick County mailing overdue tax bills

Forgot to pay your property taxes? Be on the lookout for a reminder from Sedgwick County.

The treasurer's office is mailing out about 23,000 delinquent 2010 real property tax bills and about 600 delinquent second-half personal property tax bills this week.

Treasurer Linda Kizzire has been trying to get a bit more assertive about past-due taxes, adding a big red "DELINQUENT" stamp on notices.

In addition to paying in person at the treasurer's office, property owners may pay taxes online by visiting the treasurer's website at www.sedgwickcounty.org. Residents should select the "tax payment system" option and can use a MasterCard, Visa or Discover card to pay online.

A reminder service also is available at www.sedgwickcounty.org. Property owners can sign up to receive an e-mail reminder of real estate and personal property taxes due each year. An e-mail address is needed to register for the service.

Kizzire said that past-due real property taxes total just less than $28 million. Past-due personal property taxes total more than $128,000.

For 2010, the county billed nearly $574 million in taxes, Kizzire said.

In March, when Kizzire introduced the new notices, commissioner Dave Unruh said delinquent property taxes often are a sheer oversight or caused by a glitch with someone's mortgage company.

"We want to encourage people to pay on time," Unruh said then. "When they can't, we'll try to work with them to get the issue solved."