Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are property taxes?
  2. What should I do if I didn't receive a tax bill?
  3. When are taxes due?
  4. How much are my taxes?
  5. Can I write a personal check for payment of taxes?
  6. Can I get a paid receipt for taxes sent by mail?
  7. Have my taxes been paid?
  8. Can taxes be paid in advance?
  9. How do I make an address change?
  10. Can I appeal the penalty amount?
  11. I don't agree with the value that has been placed on my property. What can I do?
  12. I am behind on paying my taxes. What can I do?


1. What are property taxes?
In the state of Ohio real property taxes, commonly known as real estate taxes, are taxes levied by any taxing subdivision on a real estate parcel. Levies raise tax revenue for school districts, municipalities, libraries, and other special issues such as mental health services.

2. What should I do if I didn't receive a tax bill?
Ohio law states that it is the responsibility of the parcel owner to make sure that they obtain a property tax bill in time to pay their taxes. A duplicate tax bill may be obtained by calling our office or by emailing your request to the Treasurer.

3. When are taxes due?
Taxes are due semi-annually in February and July.

4. How much are my taxes?
To obtain your tax amount you may call the Treasurer's Office at (419)592-1851 or check the Real Estate Inquiry page of our website. You will need to look up your parcel information, and it will be displayed along with other important information regarding your parcel.

5. Can I write a personal check for payment of taxes?
Yes, checks should be made payable to HENRY COUNTY TREASURER CALVIN G. SPIESS. Please write your parcel number on the check and include your billing statement(s) with your payment, along with a daytime phone number on your check.

6. Can I get a paid receipt for taxes sent by mail?
Yes, to receive a receipt for payment, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your entire tax bill and payment.

7. Have my taxes been paid?
To find out if your taxes have been paid, please check the Real Estate Inquiry page of our website or call the Treasurer's Office at (419)592-1851. You will need to look up your parcel information, and it will be displayed along with other important information regarding your parcel.

8. Can taxes be paid in advance?
Taxes are billed in arrears and can only be paid once they are assessed by the County Auditor's office. However, you may set up a Tax Installment Pre-Pay Plan with our office. Our Pre-Pay Plan allows you to make monthly prepayments on your semi-annual tax bill. It is an easy way to set aside money on a monthly basis for the payment of your next real estate tax bill. The money that you pay will be held in an escrow account in your name and will automatically be applied to your semi-annual real estate tax bill when it comes due.

9. How do I make an address change?
Ohio Law (Section 323.23, Ohio Revised Code) requires that any mailing address change for property tax bills be provided to the County Treasurer. Please keep the Treasurer's office advised when you move, change lenders or desire your tax bill to go to a different address.
Please print your complete name, address and parcel number(s) and send via US mail, email, or fax (419)592-2004.

10. Can I appeal the penalty amount?
Yes; however, by law, penalties can only be forgiven in certain circumstances. For more information, contact the Treasurer's Office at (419)592-1851.

11. I don't agree with the value that has been placed on my property. What can I do?
Applications to appeal the valuation of your property are accepted from mid- December until March 31st each year by the Auditor's office. If you would like to file an appeal to contest the valuation of your property, please visit the Auditor's website to download an appeal form or contact the Auditor's Office at (419) 592-1956 to receive a form by mail. The deadline for filing an appeal is March 31 each year.

12. I am behind on paying my taxes. What can I do?
We will work with you in every way possible to help you address your tax delinquency.

Monthly payment plans are available for delinquent and unpaid current taxes. These plans give you time to get back on your feet while stopping further interest and penalties from being added.

If you would like more information, please contact our office.

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