It is hard to update how we are doing business within the Courthouse and within the Tax Office when the “norm” is constantly changing. Right now, first and foremost we want you to know we are only a phone call away to answer any questions you may have on property tax, vehicle title and registration and voter registration. At the time this is being written the only door you can enter the Courthouse through is the North Entrance (facing Grand Ave.). No one is allowed in the offices within the Courthouse at this time without an appointment or confirmation from that office.
We request customers call for assistance. Each request will be decided on a case by case basis and immediate need. If you are given an appointment, please do not bring children or anyone under the age of 18 – appointments are restricted to only the person(s) involved. If you are sick, recently exposed to anyone who is sick or shows signs of being sick, please do not come to the Courthouse.
The best way to do business is by mail. There is no delay for or extension on property tax payments. If you mail your payment, we use the postmark date on your envelope; for March payments get it postmarked by March 31, 2020. A check or money order does not cost anything additional. We are currently taking credit/debit payments over the phone 325-356-3101. Credit/debit cards can also be used at www.texaspayments.com; however, there is a 2.5% convenience fee from the processor of our credit card.
However, if you have extenuating circumstance that is somehow the result of the Corona Virus/COVID-19; (example you are in a monthly payment agreement you have faithfully made payments on until now but you lost your job due to the circumstances of this disaster) – we prefer you have food on your table and the medicines you need more than we want you to pay property tax… Call us and we will make notes on your property tax account, so when this is over and the delinquent tax attorneys are looking at unpaid taxes they will know your circumstance.
The May 2020 run off primary election has been postponed. Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation that suspends and postpones the run off primary election until Tuesday, July 14, 2020. If you need to register or change your address you can either go to www.VoteTexas.gov or call us (325)356-3101 and we will send you the documents that you need. We will update everyone when we receive any new news.
On March 16, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott granted the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles’ (TxDMV) request for a waiver of the time in which to apply for titled and the associated delinquent transfer penalty as a result of the Governor’s Disaster Proclamation. The waiver is in effect until 60 days after the notice is provided and applies to all counties.
Effective immediately there is no requirement for a title application to be submitted within a specified time; the delinquent transfer penalty does not apply to any title application submitted between March 16, 2020 and 60 days after the Tx DMV provides notice normal titling services has resumed. This waiver includes registration, expired 30 day temporary permits and expired permanent disabled parking placards.
The purpose of this waiver is to prevent customers from having to physically visit a county tax assessor-collector office to obtain initial registration, 30 day temporary permits or to renew registration or a permanent disabled parking placard. However, you can still renew your registration by mail and through www.txdmv.gov.
Our phone numbers are 325-356-3101 and 325-356-2757. Comanche County has a website that is updated with what is going on, it’s www.co.comanche.tx.us. The Tax Office has a Facebook page and it is updated a lot; it’s www.facebook.com/Comanche-Tax-Office. The website for credit card/debit card payments for property tax is www.texaspayments.com. The website to renew registration is www.txdmv.gov.
In closing, I can only think to say, “this too shall pass”. There is no way to not feel the effects of this virus unless you are completely tuned out of the media since it is on 24/7. Please be safe, use social distancing, wash your hands and pray. We look forward to the return of our Comanche County normal.