Property Taxes

Collection of Taxes

Tax Department
Phone: (785) 742-2051
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tax Collection

Tax bills are usually mailed in November. The first half is due by December 20. If the first half is not paid by that date, it begins to accrue interest. If the first half is paid by December 20, the 2nd half will be due by May 10 of the following year. As of June 7, 2004 you can now use a credit or debit card for payment of taxes. This credit / debit card service is only available in the office at the counter.

                                                                       Pay your taxes online

Through a partnership with and the Kansas County Treasurers Association (KCTA), the Brown County Treasurer's office is offering the citizens of Brown County the ability for online payment of property taxes.

Citizens can go the website above and select Brown County. Simply follow the instructions on the screen. Two payment options, credit card or electronic check, are available. This service allows for 24x7 secure payment access from any Internet connection.

The accepted payment methods are Electronic Check or credit card (Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or American Express).

There is a $2.00 processing fee assessed for each tax bill paid online.

Credit card payments require a transaction fee.

Payments of more than $3,499 can only be paid by electionic check.


Real Estate Taxes

If the real estate taxes remain unpaid after December 20, interest will begin to accrue on the first half payment. The second half can be paid any time before May 10 without interest. If the taxes remain unpaid after May 10, the full amount, with interest, must be paid. If the taxes remain unpaid for 3 years, the property becomes eligible for tax foreclosure by the County. The property is sold at a public auction after due process has been served. Anyone with delinquent real estate taxes cannot bid at the auction.

Personal Property Taxes

If the personal property taxes remain unpaid after December 20, they become due in full plus any accrued interest. Unpaid personal property taxes are sent to the Brown County Sheriff Department for collection after 30 days. If the second half is not paid by May 10, they are sent to the Sherriff Department after 30 days.

Intangible Taxes

The intangible tax is a tax on interest and dividends that is filed with your Kansas Income Tax, Form 200. The information is forwarded to the County for taxing purposes. Some cities and townships do not tax intangibles. The intangible tax is considered personal property tax for governing statutes.

Mortgage Company Payments

If you have an escrow account for your real estate taxes with a mortgage company, the mortgage company should receive the tax statement. The mortgage companies notify our office of which tax statements they have escrow accounts. If you do receive the tax statement, we ask that you forward the statement to your mortgage company for them to make payment from your account. Either you or the mortgage company should notify the Treasurer’s office of the correct address to mail the statement. Mortgage companies are required by Federal law to make half payments, so they will be paying the taxes on or before December 20 and May 10. If you prefer that they pay the taxes in full in December, you can make the request to them. Past due notices and tax information sheets are mailed to the homeowner rather than the mortgage company. If you receive a past due notice, please contact your mortgage company first, then call our office at 785-742-2051.

Delinquent Taxes

Brown County tries to have a tax foreclosure sale once a year. The property that is eligible for the sale is any real estate that has delinquent taxes for three years. Details of the tax sale can be obtained from the Brown County Attorney's office at 785-740-7401. Anyone having delinquent real estate taxes in the county cannot bid at the tax sale. We hope to have this information online for the next tax sale.

The Treasurer's Office does offer a program that will allow you to make payments on your delinquent taxes. To enroll in the program or to acquire more information about the program contact Cheryl Lippold, Brown County Treasurer.

Payment Methods

Cash, check, money order, credit or debit card. Tax bills are mailed in November of each year, usually between the 6th and 14th. The first half is due by December 20. The second half is due on May 10 of the following year. If the taxes are not paid by the due date, interest begins to accrue.

No second half notices are sent out.