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Elected Official
Catherine L. Traywick

Contact Email 
trsweb@cochise.az.gov

Location
1415 Melody Lane
Building E
P.O. BOX 1778
Bisbee, AZ 85603

Phone
(520) 432-8400
Fax
(520) 432-8438

County Treasurer's Office

QUESTIONS

NOTICE
01. When will I receive a tax notice?
02. When are property taxes due?
03. I have a mortgage. Will you send my mortgage company a notice?
04. What should I do if I did not receive my tax notice?
05. I sold my property but I received the tax notice. What should I do?
06. I own a mobile home. Why did I get two tax notices? 

PAYMENT
07. How can I make my payment? Can I use a credit card?
08. Where should I send my payment?
09. To whom should I make my check payable?
10. If I am unable to pay my taxes at this time, can I make partial payments?
11. Where is the Treasurer’s office located?
12. What are the Treasurer’s office hours? 

ASSESSMENT
13. How do I change my address?
14. How do I apply for widow exemptions or other exemptions of taxes?
15. How do I change the ownership name on real property?
16. What is a parcel number?

TAX
17. What time period do taxes cover?
18. How are property taxes determined?
19. What is State Aid to Education?
20. What if I think my taxes are TOO HIGH?

DELINQUENCY
21. What happens if real property taxes become delinquent?
22. When is the tax lien sale?
23. What happens when personal property tax is delinquent?

ANSWERS

NOTICE
01. When will I receive a tax notice?
Tax notices for the current year are mailed in September and include coupons for the 1st and 2nd installments. This is the only notice a taxpayer will receive unless taxes are delinquent. Delinquent tax notices are mailed in June and December for Real and Personal Property. Taxes are due and payable regardless if the taxpayer receives a notice or not. Click here for online Tax Notice Request.

02. When are property taxes due?
Property taxes are due October 1. Arizona law allows the option for property taxes to be paid in two installments on most property. The first installment is due October 1st and becomes delinquent November 1st at 5:00 PM. The second installment is due March 1st and becomes delinquent May 1st at 5:00 PM. If the taxes are $100 or less, they become due and payable in full October 1st and delinquent November 1st at 5:00 PM. If taxes are paid in full by December 31st, any interest accrued after November 1st is no longer applicable. If any of the delinquency dates fall on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the time of delinquency is 5:00 PM the next business day.

03. I have a mortgage. Will you send my mortgage company a notice?
The County Treasurer provides tax information to various tax service companies and mortgage companies upon request. If you have an agreement for your mortgage company to pay your taxes they should do so. However you should review your agreement with the mortgage company to verify the details since some companies ask the property owner to mail them a copy of their tax notice. The original tax notice is always mailed to the property owner for their records and information. The property owner is responsible for the payment of taxes. Any agreements a property owner has with a mortgage company, attorney, trust, tax service, title company or any others does not involve the county. These are agreements with a third party.

The Cochise County Treasurer suggests you verify the amount on your tax notice to the amount your service provider charges you.

04. What should I do if I did not receive my tax notice?
Contact the Cochise County Treasurer if your notice is not received by October 10th. Provide tax parcel number and correct address and a copy of the notice or the returned notice will be mailed or emailed to the property owner.

05. I sold my property but I received the tax notice. What should I do?
Return the notice to the Cochise County Treasurer’s Office, PO Box 1778, Bisbee, AZ 85603, with a note that the property has been sold. Also list any known information such as the name of the new owner or the date of sale. It is also helpful to advise the Treasurer if the new owner lives at the same address. This helps get the tax notice to the new owner as fast as possible.

The Assessor’s office is responsible for listing ownership as well as values. This office works on a two-year cycle and has many cut-off dates to process changes; therefore not all sales are reflected on the tax notice. Contact the Assessor to verify that a record of your sale has been received or to verify the Assessor’s time line for changes.

06. I own a mobile home. Why did I get two tax notices?
Property taxed in Arizona is classified as Real Property and Personal Property. Personal Property consists primarily of business equipment and mobile homes. Unless your mobile home is permanently affixed to your land and you have applied for affixture from the Assessor’s Office, you will receive one notice for your land and one notice for your mobile home. If an application for affixture is made after the Assessor’s deadline, you will still receive two separate notices the first year.

PAYMENT
07. How can I make my payment? Can I use a credit card?
Various options are available to transmit property taxes to the Cochise County Treasurer. Credit card, debit card, and E-Check payments are accepted over the Internet, over the phone, or in-person at the Cochise Country Treasurer's office.  A processing fee will be charged by the service provider for the service. Access this internet payment option from the homepage by clicking on Online Tax Payment in the center of the Treasurer's main page. A night drop box is located near the front entrance to the Treasurer’s office. Payments by mail can be made by check, cashier’s check or money order - US FUNDS ONLY. Include the parcel identification number or taxpayer identification number on all checks. Do not mail cash payments. Cash payments should be made in person at the Cochise County Treasurer’s office.

08. Where should I send my payment?
Mail payments to:
PO Box 1778
Bisbee, Arizona 85603

For Federal Express, United Parcel Service or special delivery the address is:
1415 Melody Lane
Building E
Bisbee, Arizona 85603

09. To whom should I make my check payable?
Catherine L. Traywick, Cochise County Treasurer 

In Arizona taxpayers receive a combined tax bill for all taxing agencies - city, county, schools, college and special districts.  You make your check payable to the Elected County Treasurer as tax collector for all agencies, not payable to any one agency.

10. If I am unable to pay my taxes at this time, can I make partial payments?
Prior to property being placed in the annual tax lien sale, the Cochise County Treasurer will accept partial payments. The property owner must pay an annual fee of $4.00 each year for each parcel payable with the first payment. Any remaining unpaid balance at the time of the tax lien sale will be placed in the sale. Partial payments cannot be accepted on back tax parcels.

11. Where is the Treasurer’s office located?
Cochise County Treasurer’s office is located at 1415 Melody Lane, Building E. Melody Lane is the last exit on the left to the south of Hwy 92 departing Bisbee heading west toward Palominas. Continuing straight on Melody Lane will bring you to the new County complex. Click here for a map.

12. What are the Treasurer’s office hours?
The Cochise County Treasurer’s office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST. The office is closed for all Federal Holidays. Be advised, if calling from out of state, Arizona does not observe daylight saving time.

ASSESSMENT
13. How do I change my address?
The Assessor is responsible for identifying the property owner and listing the address. All address changes are processed through the Assessor’s Office at PO Box 168, Bisbee, Arizona 85603. The property owner should write to that office to change the address listed on the tax notice and/or valuation notice. If the Treasurer’s office receives the written change of address, the information is forwarded to the Assessor’s Office.

14. How do I apply for widow exemptions or other exemptions of taxes?
Contact the Assessor’s office at:
Phone: 520-432-8650
Mail: PO Box 168, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Email: assessor@cochise.az.gov 

15. How do I change the ownership name on real property?
Contact an attorney. The only way to change the ownership name on real property is to record some type of legal document with the Cochise County Recorder. The recorded information will be sent to the Cochise County Assessor who will change the ownership name on the tax roll. Taxes are due and payable regardless if the taxpayer receives a notice or not. The tax lien attaches to the property each January regardless of ownership.

16. What is a parcel number?
Each piece of real property is assigned a parcel identification number by the Assessor’s office. The number consists of 123-12-123-12-1. The first three numbers represent the book, the second two numbers represent the map, the third three numbers represent the parcel, the fourth two numbers are to identify a split of the original parcel and the last is a computer check digit for accuracy. The number should be placed on all payments and letters to speed processing.

TAX
17. What time period do taxes cover?
The property owner’s tax liability covers the calendar year, from January through December. Regardless of ownership, the tax lien attaches to the property each January and is not extinguished until the tax is paid. The first installment on that liability is due by October 1st. The second installment is due by March 1st even though this date is in the next tax year and calendar year.

The property owner’s taxes fund the various jurisdictions over their fiscal year which is from July 1st to June 30th.

18. How are property taxes determined?
Taxes are calculated based on a rate applied to the value of the property; this is ad valorem tax. The tax rate is a combination of the rates of all the jurisdictions that establish a property tax where a property is located (area code), such as Cochise County, city, school district or special districts such as a fire district tax rate. Arizona has a Primary Tax Rate and a Secondary Tax Rate. Primary taxes are levied to fund the operating expenses of a jurisdiction and the rate is applied to each $100 Assessed Limited Cash Value of a property. Secondary taxes are levied to fund special districts such as fire districts and other voter approved items, for example, bonds and budget overrides. This rate is applied to each $100 of the Assessed Full Cash Value of a property.

19. What is State Aid to Education?
State Aid to Education is a reduction for homeowners (owner-occupied property) of Primary Property Tax levied by school districts in their area. The taxpayer must live in the home to receive this reduction. This amount will be reimbursed to each school district from the State through the County Treasurer. The percentage paid by the State is determined by the Arizona Legislature and changes as they make changes to the State budget.

20. What if I think my taxes are TOO HIGH?
Contact the Assessor’s Office at (520) 432-8650 or Email: assessor@cochise.az.gov. That office can help a property owner through the appeals process. An appeal is on the value of the property – not the tax. The appeal process begins when the property owner receives the notice of value – not when the property owner receives the tax notice. Taxes are based on assessed values and tax rates. The Assessor establishes the assessed value of the property and each taxing jurisdiction establishes its rate. These tax rates change annually as each jurisdiction establishes its budget and the property assessed values can change each year as well as the market changes.

DELINQUENCY
21. What happens if real property taxes become delinquent?
According to state law once the delinquency date has passed, simple interest starts to accrue at 16% per year prorated monthly. Whether paid on the last day of the month or the first day of the month, 1.333% will be due each month on the amount of tax delinquent. After the May 1 delinquent date, if taxes are not paid before the following January, an additional 5% (minimum $5.00) penalty is assessed. In February, all delinquent taxes will be offered for sale at the annual Tax Lien Sale. This is a sale of the County lien on delinquent parcels - not a sale of property. Once a property is in the tax lien sale it is considered a “back tax parcel”. After 3 years from the date of the tax lien sale, the purchaser of the tax lien can foreclose on the lien and acquire the property.

22. When is the tax lien sale?
Arizona law requires the tax lien sale to be held each February. The Cochise County tax lien sale is the last Thursday of February.

23. What happens when personal property tax is delinquent?
Simple interest of 16% per year prorated by the month is charged the same as real property once taxes are delinquent. The Sheriff is responsible for the collection of personal property taxes and sells property if necessary. Since personal property is movable, consisting primarily of mobile homes and commercial business equipment, the collection process is expeditious.