Property TaxesThe Calloway County Sheriff’s Office is the primary property tax collector. We collect over 11 million dollars per year, from over 27 thousand tax bills.
If you have any questions about your tax bill, please call the tax office at (270) 761-4TAX
Dear Citizen: I am very proud of the Calloway County Sheriff's Office and of the many services we provide our community. Our Tax Office is one of the areas of service of which I am most proud. Staffed with professional personnel, this office will assist you with any questions you might have concerning payment of your property taxes. Professionalism, courtesy and skill, are Hallmarks of Excellence, which we strive to achieve every day.
Sincerely, Nicky Knight, Sheriff
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Persons wishing to pay their property tax bill in person can use any of the following options:
- By drop box on the west side of the building (available 24 hours/day)
- By mail to 701 Olive Street, Murray KY 42071
- In person at 701 Olive Street (available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
The 2% discount for early payment will be applied to all payments postmarked by November 30th. If you desire a receipt for dropped off or mailed payment, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. We sincerely apologize and are continuing to work toward making the online payment option available as quickly as possible. Questions should be directed to 270-761-4829 (4TAX).
Frequently Asked Questions
Personal Property Bills
Tax bills for personal property are based on tangible and intangible personal property tax returns you have filed with the State Revenue Cabinet or the Property Valuation Administrator's Office.
WHY DID I RECEIVE THIS BILL?
HOW WAS MY TAX CALCULATED?The property tax bill lists the assessed value of your personal property, the tax rate applied by various jurisdictions (such as the state, county, and school system) and the subtotal of each.
Real Estate Bills
Tax bills for real estate property are sent to the owner of record as of January 1, or the current owner, according to the records of the Property Valuation Administrator's Office. If you are not the current owner please call or forward this bill to the owner if possible. If this is not possible, please notify the Sheriff's Office.
WHY DID I RECEIVE THIS BILL?
HOW WAS MY TAX CALCULATED?The property tax bill lists the assessed value of your property, the tax rate that was applied by various jurisdictions (such as the state, county and school systems) and the subtotal of each, (before discounts or penalties). Pay only the single amount listed in the "If Paid By: Balance Due" areas at the top right of your bill and on your payment stub. Do not submit separate payments for each subtotal!
I THOUGHT MY MORTGAGE COMPANY TOOK CARE OF THIS / WHY DID I GET THIS BILL?In the past, you may not have known the amount of tax due, or which districts were taxing your property. Again this year, all real estate property owners will receive a copy of the notice, even if a mortgage company handles payment, so you can see how your tax was calculated and where your tax dollars go.
WHAT IF I BOUGHT OR SOLD THE PROPERTY DURING THE YEAR?The seller usually pays a pro-rated tax during closing for the portion of the year they owned the property. The buyer is then responsible to pay the entire tax amount when billed. If you are in doubt, refer to your closing settlement statement.
WHAT ARE HOMESTEAD AND DISABILITY EXEMPTIONS?These exemptions can reduce your taxable assessment. The homestead exemption applies to people over 65 who own the home in which they live. The disability exemption applies to people who are totally disabled and own the home in which they live. If you think you might qualify for either of these exemptions, and you are not already receiving the exemption, call the Property Valuation Administrator's Office at 270-753-3482.
Paying Your Bills
Yes. The property owner is legally responsible for ensuring that the tax bill is paid. However, if there is a notice on your bill that your mortgage company will be paying the taxes, you may assume that the mortgage company will use your escrow account to pay the tax. If you are unsure, call them.
AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYING THIS BILL?
WHAT PAYMENT METHODS ARE AVAILABLE?You may pay your bill by cash, check, money order or online with a credit card. Make your check or money order payable to: Calloway County Sheriff's Office. Include the Property I.D. number, (shown on your bill), on your check or money order. * PLEASE DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE MAIL. Credit Card payments will only be accepted through our website:
WHEN IS MY PAYMENT DUE?There is a schedule at the top right of your tax bill, and on your payment stub, showing the amount that is due, depending on the date your payment is received. As you can see, if your payment is received in the Sheriff's Office by the earliest date shown, you will receive a 2 percent discount. Please note that the later you wait to pay, the higher the amount due.
HOW DO I MAKE A PAYMENT?There are three convenient methods to pay your property tax bill.
- Mail your tax bill payment stub & check to:
Calloway County Sheriff's Office
701 Olive St.
Murray, KY 42071
- Pay in person at the Sheriff's Office. Remember, you must bring your tax bill with you!
WILL I GET A RECEIPT?Yes, but your receipt will differ depending on the payment type you choose:
- Mail in: Be sure to send in a self addressed and stamped envelope and we will mail it to you.
- Pay in Person: Our cashier will provide you with a receipt.
- Pay Online: The final page of the online payment process will give you the opportunity to print your receipt.
WHAT IF I AM DUE A REFUND?If for some reason, you think there is an overpayment, please call the Sheriff's Office. We may need you to provide documentation before a refund can be processed.
WHAT IF MY CHECK IS RETURNED FOR INSUFFICIENT FUNDS?There is a fee of $50 for any returned check. Also, when you resend your payment, additional penalties may apply, based on the late payment schedule shown on your bill.
MAY I PAY SEVERAL BILLS WITH ONE PAYMENT?Yes if you mail your payment or pay in person. However, when doing so, please check to be sure you've added all the appropriate amounts correctly, so your payments will not be delayed in processing. Please remember to include your stubs for each property bill you pay.