Just a couple of days remain to pay your 2011 Jackson County property taxes.

Just a couple of days remain to pay your 2011 Jackson County property taxes.

The taxes are due by the end of the year. They can be paid in person, online or by mail if postmarked by Dec. 31. There are also dropboxes in various places.

Late payments are subject to penalties and accrual of interest.

How to pay:

The county encourages people to pay online, which can be done 24 hours a day. However, the payment website will close at 11 p.m. Saturday, so payment must be made by then to be on time. Online payers can print off a receipt for their payment.

Taxes can be paid with an e-check – funds deducted from a bank account – for a fee of 40 cents. Payments with a Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card come with a fee of 2.4 percent of the total tax bill. That would, for example, add $9.60 to a $400 payment.

Payments in person can be made at the Courthouse Annex at 308 W. Kansas Ave., Independence. Go to the Collections Department on the first floor; sometimes the lines are long. The department also has an office on the first floor of the Downtown Courthouse, 415 E. 12th St., Kansas City.

Hours for both offices are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are open today and Friday but closed Saturday.

There also is a drop box at City Hall on Main Street in Blue Springs.

Payment can be made in cash, personal check, cashier’s check, bank draft or money order. The county also takes the Discover credit card, though there is a fee.

The county on Saturday will have drop boxes in front of the Courthouse Annex (the Kansas Avenue side) and on the west side of the Downtown Courthouse. Both close at midnight. County officials say not to put cash in the drop boxes.

Pay by mail. Your tax bill should have come with an envelop. The payment has to be postmarked by Dec. 31 to be considered on time. County officials say not to send cash.

Jackson County collects hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes annually, but only a fraction of that is for county operations. Most is dispursed to local school districts.

For example, the county says for a $150,000 home in Lee’s Summit and in the Blue Springs School District, 66.9 percent of the 2011 taxes would go to the school district. Another 17.8 percent could go to the city, and 6.2 percent goes to the county. The remaining share goes to fire and water districts, the Metropolitan Community Junior College fund, the Mid-Continent Public Library system (or Kansas City public libraries for properties there), and specific funds such as the county’s mental health fund and a fund to support services for those with developmental disabilitues.

The county’s website at www.jacksongov.org has a function that allows a taxpayer to see the breakdown for an individual property

The county also has a program that allows some seniors to make payments quarterly. Go to the county’s website to download an application to the Senior Quad program.