The Treasurer's Office is responsible for the tax billing, collection and distribution of real estate, personal property and motor vehicle taxes, special assessments and other miscellaneous taxes for the county, cities, townships, school districts and other taxing entities of Ottawa County. In addition, this office serves as an agent for the Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Vehicles in regard to vehicle titles and registrations; and a satellite station for Kansas driver's licenses.
Tax statements are mailed in early November of each year. Taxpayers have the option of paying the full or first half amount by December 20th; the last half is due May 10th of the following year. There are no second half tax statements mailed. For inquiries on tax payments contact the Ottawa County Treasurer (785) 392-3129.
Real Estate Tax:
If a first half or full tax is unpaid as of December 21st, interest becomes due and payable. After May 10th the full amount plus interest is due. Real estate tax that is unpaid will be published in the designated county newspaper three times in August. Tax on real estate that is delinquent for three years is eligible for tax foreclosure sale.
If the first half or full tax is unpaid as of December 21st interest becomes due. Personal property not paid at least in half by December 21st then must be paid in full plus interest.
A tax may be protested if you have not met with the county appraiser in regard to the valuation of your property for the current tax year. Protest forms are available from the County Treasurer's Office or a form can be printed from the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals web site: http://www.kansas.gov/cota/Forms/index.html
The protest form must be completed, signed and filed when the tax is paid on or before December 20th. An exception is if a tax is paid by a mortgage company in full by December 20th, then the taxpayer has until January 31st to file the protest form.
VEHICLE TAGS AND TITLES
The Treasurer's Office processes tag renewals, titles and transfers, duplicate, secured or reissued titles, handicap placards, temporary permits, and many other transactions. Hours for this section are 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
Residents of Ottawa County may renew tags on line at www.kswebtags.org, by mail (fee of .50 per vehicle) or in person at the County Treasurer's Office. Renewals are based on the first letter of the last name on the schedule below:
| Last Name
|| Last Day to Renew
|| February 28
|| March 31
| C, D
|| April 30
| E, F, G
|| May 31
| H, I
|| June 30
| J, K, L
|| July 31
| M, N, O
|| August 31
| P, Q, R
|| September 30
|| October 31
| T, V, W
|| November 30
| U, X, Y, Z
|| December 31
Heavy Trucks and Trailers: January 1 - February 28
A vehicle owner must show proof of current insurance on each vehicle being renewed; this includes a current expiration date.
Titling a Vehicle:
When purchasing a new or used vehicle an owner has 30 days from the purchase date on the back of the title to complete the transaction without penalty. The title and proof of insurance can be brought to the Treasurer's Office for this process. Other documentation may be required depending on the transaction.
Types of Tags:
There are many types of tags available to Kansas residents. Listed below are some of the options:
Standard, Antique, Personalized, College/University, Motorcycle, Motorized Bike, Combat Wounded, Disabled Veteran, Ex-Prisoner of War, National Guard, US Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Amateur Radio, Children's Trust Fund, Agri-Tag, and others.
Please contact the Treasurer's Office for tag and title inquiries. If additional forms are needed they can be obtained from the Kansas Department of Revenue web site:
The Ottawa County Treasurer's Office can process Kansas DL renewals with a completed renewal test and an eye test. Instruction permits, farm permits and restricted licenses can be processed with proper driver's education completion forms and a birth certificate. Identification cards and duplicate licenses can be completed with appropriate identification. Address corrections can be done with proof of current address. Driver's License section is open Tuesday - Friday, 8 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4:30 p.m.