Covington keeps rate the same 5th year in row
COVINGTON, Ky. – Property tax bills for the 2021 calendar year will be sent to Covington residents next week and payment is due by midnight Oct. 15.
Residents have five different ways to pay:
- Online: HERE.
- By mail: P.O. Box 122655, Covington, KY 41012-2655. If you’re paying by credit card through the mail, use this FORM.
- By phone: Call (859) 292-2180 and choose “option 1.”
- In person: Bring your bill and payment to the Finance Department pay window at City Hall, 20 W. Pike St., between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- After-hours drop box: Drop your bill and payment in the after-hours drop box located outside of City Hall, in a slot in the door to the left of the main entrance.
Note that residents who use a credit card or debit card to pay the tax bill will be charged a nominal service fee. Note also that unpaid waste collection fees and unpaid storm water fees will be added to property tax bills.
Property owners who have their property taxes escrowed on their mortgage might not receive a bill directly from the City.
About the portal
The information on the portal will be available starting Wednesday, Sept. 15. At that point, property owners will have four ways to search for their bill: by last name, name of their street, bill number, or property identification number (PIDN). Residents who search via the PIDN must type in dashes or periods – exactly how it’s listed on their paper bill.
About the rate
The property tax rate this year of 0.327 – or $3.27 per each $1,000 in assessed value of real estate – is the same for the fifth year in a row. Covington’s personal property tax rate of 0.349 was also kept the same by a vote of the Covington City Commission last month.
Property tax revenue represents about 13 percent of Covington’s General Fund tax revenue, and it’s used for a large variety of services, including police officer and firefighter salaries, helping small businesses create jobs, recreation programs, and street repairs.
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