By Denise Dick
Mahoning County property owners have until Friday to pay their second-half real-estate taxes for 2009 and avoid late penalties.
Mahoning County Treasurer Lisa Antonini’s office offers a number of ways to make tax payments. Taxpayers can pay taxes online by check or credit card (a fee may apply). The address is http://treasurer.mahoningcountyoh.gov. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for taxpayers who prefer to pay in person.
Payments also may be mailed to the treasurer’s office, 120 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44503. Payments with a postmark of Aug. 6 will be considered on time, Antonini said.
The money is disbursed to beneficiaries of each taxing district in the county. On average, two-thirds of real-estate taxes are returned to local school districts. About 12 percent is allocated to municipal or township governments. Two percent is collected for locally approved levies such as police and fire districts.
The remaining funds are shared by county-wide voted levies for parks, libraries, children’s services and more. The county’s general and bond retirement funds each receive less than two percent of tax collections, Antonini said.