New Castle County is mailing out county and school district tax bills to property owners next week. Both bills are collected by the County’s Office of Finance.
“I pay my property taxes, and you pay yours,” County Executive Matt Meyer said. “Everyone has to pay their fair share to fund the important county services that our residents count on, and the same applies to any outstanding code enforcement fees and fines.”
This year’s bills also include unpaid county code enforcement fines and fees in a new effort to recoup more than $1 million owed by property owners. The county is owed $1,163,646 by 1,303 property owners for the following code enforcement fees and fines:
- Vacant property registration fees and fines
- Abatement expenses paid by the county to maintain commercial properties
- Abatement expenses paid by the county to maintain vacant residential properties
- Hearing and administrative fees and fines
New Castle County provides a variety of convenient ways for property owners to pay their tax bills.
- Postal Mail: Property owners may pay both county property taxes and school district property taxes with a single check or money order, payable to “New Castle County” using the return envelope provided in the property tax billing statement. Taxpayers can also send payments by mail to: New Castle County Tax, P.O. Box 782888, Philadelphia, PA 19178-2888.
- In Person: Payments are accepted in person at the New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, New Castle. A drop box located at the main entrance is available for check and money order payments 24 hours a day. A payment window in the Government Center lobby is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, where payments are accepted by cash, check, money order, and pin debit card.
- Online: Credit card payments are accepted through Paymentus, a third-party company that accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, and electronic check payments. Paymentus can be reached through the secure link that can be accessed from the billing page of the New Castle County Office of Finance website (www.nccde.org/taxes), or by calling 1-877-225-7351.
By county law, any unpaid balance after the September 30 deadline is subject to a 6% penalty and an additional 1% penalty each month thereafter.