New Castle County taxpayers face an Oct. 1 deadline for 2018 State of Delaware school taxes and New Castle County property taxes.
Since the September 30 deadline falls on a weekend this year, payments are being accepted by the county Finance Department without penalty through Monday, October 1, 2018. By county law, any unpaid balance after that deadline is subject to a six percent penalty, and an additional one percent penalty each month thereafter.
This year’s billing statements were sent to all New Castle County property owners in July.
School district property taxes account for approximately 75 percent of the average total property tax bill, and New Castle County property taxes account for approximately 25 percent of the average total property tax bill.
County property taxes are the largest source of county government revenue and funds over 60 percent of general fund expenditures, including police, paramedics and 911 communications, along with libraries, parks and many of the public services provided to residents.
New Castle County provides a variety of convenient ways for property owners to pay their property tax bills on time and avoid late fees.
- Mail: Property owners may pay both county property taxes and school district property taxes with a single check or money order, payable to “New Castle County” using the return envelope provided in the property tax billing statement. Taxpayers can also send payments by mail to: New Castle County Taxes, P.O. Box 430, Claymont, DE 19703.
- In Person: Payments are accepted in person at the New Castle County Government Center, 87 Reads Way, New Castle. A drop box located at the main entrance is available for check and money order payments 24 hours a day. A payment window in the Government Center lobby is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, where payments are accepted by cash, check, money order, and pin debit card. On Monday, October 1, the Government Center payment window will remain open until 6:00 p.m.
- Online: Credit card payments are accepted through Paymentus, a third-party company that accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, and electronic check payments. Paymentus can be reached through the secure link that can be accessed from the sewer billing page of the New Castle County website (www.nccde.org/taxes), or by calling 1-877-225-7351.
Property owners can access their property tax information and payment status online using the County’s Parcel View page at www.nccde.org/parcelview. Those who misplace their billing statement can download a duplicate from this site, which also provides detailed account information including payment history and a breakout of specific charges for property, sewer, school, light, and crossing guard taxes.
New Castle County applauds the vast majority of county property owners who pay their tax bills on time, and reported today that New Castle County has collected 99.2% of property taxes due in 2017.