The Madera County Office of the Treasurer/Tax Collector has reported collecting more than $79 million of first and second installments of property taxes.
The department completed posting all of the Dec. 10 mail and payments by Dec. 20.
Tracy Kennedy Desmond, Madera County treasurer, said the amount of overpayments was unusually high this year. Refunds for each overpayment will not be received until after Jan. 20.
Kennedy Desmond also said there was an unusually large amount of walk-in traffic for the deadline. On Dec. 9 and Dec. 10, more than 2,700 property tax transactions were handled over the counter, which translates into more than $3 million.
This year, the county also received more credit card payments than ever before.
More than 85% of the $79 million collected in property taxes will be used for Madera County schools in Madera and Chowchilla.
The next tax deadline is April 10. Payments must be postmarked by that day to avoid penalties.