Sussex County begins issuing annual property tax bills

Georgetown, Del., Aug. 14, 2017: Sussex County property tax bills are on the move to mailboxes near and far.

Each August, Sussex County government issues tens of thousands of tax bills for the more than 175,000 parcels in the county, with revenue collected funding a variety of local public services. The County’s Billing Services office has begun issuing bills for the 2018 fiscal year, totaling an estimated $145 million in tax revenue. Bills can be viewed online, at https://munis.sussexcountyde.gov/MSS/citizens/RealEstate/. Paper copies for property owners without mortgage escrow accounts will be mailed throughout August, with payment due by Sept. 30.

Tax bills continue to feature an easy-to-read format to help taxpayers better understand their bills and payment options, a number of which are available for the public’s convenience. A tutorial explaining how to view account information and make payments is available on the County’s website, at https://sussexcountyde.gov/property-tax-portal-tutorial.

For the 2018 tax year, the County will mail 131,863 paper copies, while 47,420 bills will be sent electronically to mortgage lenders, requiring no paper or postage. Property owners not receiving a paper bill and who have a current escrow account are encouraged to check with their lenders to verify payment status.

Annual tax bills include County property taxes, and County sewer and water, tax ditch and street lighting fees, where applicable. Additionally, tax bills include local school district taxes, which are set by and vary among the eight independent school districts. Delaware law requires Sussex County to bill property owners for school taxes on behalf of the districts, with those funds then turned over to the State. Approximately 11 percent of the typical residential tax bill is for County property taxes, with the remainder going to public education.

One noticeable change for some taxpayers this year will be a new cap on the 50 percent senior property tax credit allowed by the State of Delaware. Delaware lawmakers this year reduced to $400 the maximum cap on the school portion of tax bills, down from the $500 limit that had been in place previously. The change is reflected in 2018 tax bills for those taxpayers 65 and older who have enrolled. 

Sussex County accepts tax payments by cash, check, money order, and debit or credit cards. Taxpayers have different options to make their payments. These include:

THROUGH LENDER

Many taxpayers have their annual taxes paid out of escrow accounts by their mortgage lenders. Escrow customers do not receive paper bills. However, billed amounts are available online by visiting sussexcountyde.gov/pay-your-bill and selecting the “Sussex County Self Service site” link on the page. If escrow customers have any questions regarding the status of their accounts, they should contact their lenders.

ONLINE

Payment can be made on online with most major credit cards or by e-check. Please visit sussexcountyde.gov and select “Online Payment” at the top right of the page.

BY MAIL

Property owners can mail their tax payments using the return envelopes included with their bills. Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Sussex County Government” and addressed to the Sussex County Treasury Division, PO Box 429, Georgetown, DE 19947. All payments sent by mail must be postmarked by Sept. 30 to be considered received on time. Unpaid balances are subject to monthly interest charges.

IN PERSON OR BY TELEPHONE

The County’s payment center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The office is located on the first floor of the County Administrative Offices building, 2 The Circle, in Georgetown. A convenient and secure after-hours payment drop box also is available, located in the lobby. For those making payment by telephone, call 1-866-791-9802. Callers must have their annual tax bill available when making a telephone payment

For more information or general questions, please call (302) 855-7871.

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